CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – With Election Day less than a week out, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have put North Carolina directly in their crosshairs.
The former Secretary of State will be in Raleigh Thursday with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Grammy Award-winning singer Pharrell Williams to encourage voters to take advantage of early voting before the November 5 deadline ahead of Election Day next Tuesday.
Clinton is scheduled to speak at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek at 7:45 p.m.
Republican nominee Donald Trump is also rallying supporters in North Carolina, with two events scheduled Thursday. Trump will be at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord at 4 p.m. before holding an event in Selma at 7 p.m.
Both candidates are vying for the Tar Heel State’s 15 electoral votes. According to the WRAL/SurveyUSA Poll, Trump leads Clinton by seven points among those who have already voted or are likely to cast a ballot. Trump garnered 51-percent of the survey’s voters compared to Clinton’s 44.
"The real estate mogul must win a variety of swing states in order to have even a shot at the presidency, and North Carolina's 15 electoral votes are essential to his chances," Politico said in a poll evaluation earlier this month.
Earlier in October, MSNBC's political correspondent, Steve Kornacki, said if Clinton won North Carolina, she would essentially win the election with over 270 electoral votes.
"Lose (North) Carolina, if you're Trump, you've lost the election," Kornacki said.
The poll interviewed 800 North Carolina residents with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.