Trump campaigns in Charlotte

Trump will campaign in the Queen City Friday, rallying for votes in one of the most prominent battleground states.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thursday Florida, Friday the Charlotte Convention Center as Donald Trump returns to the Queen City. In the interim, he sent his son to our area as his warm-up act.

"I think its great to get a crowd like this of hardworking Americans when I'm not even a candidate," said Donald Trump, Jr. "I think that says a lot about the movement my father is creating here."

Donald Trump, Jr. spoke to a few dozen supporters at the Lake Norman Air Park in Mooresville Thursday, and while he doesn't move the crowd quite like this father, he did make a case for the Trump/Pence ticket. 

"If we were fighting against a candidate with her track record, this would have been over a long time ago," he said referring to his father's opponent, Hillary Clinton. "You are fighting against PC culture, you are fighting against Hollywood, you are fighting against the media."

Trump has become a frequent visitor to North Carolina. His campaign told the Washington Post they were pulling resources from one battleground state to another, focusing on North Carolina instead of Virginia. Trump has faced scandal and controversy, especially over remarks about women, but that is not a turn-off for some voters.

"I know that some of things he says have been controversial, but I will vote for him based on the issues rather than what I'm hearing on mainstream media," said one voter who attended the Mooresville rally.

"He's not a smooth-talking politician; he's a real person and I believe that-- I believe that he's honest and he says what he is," she said. 

But now it's not just about what Trump says: two women have come forward to talk about things they say he did. Jessica Leed told the New York Times he groped her 35 years ago. 

"He was like an octopus. It was like he had six arms. He was all over the place," said Leed. "When he started putting his hands up my skirt, that was it. That was it." 

A second woman says he kissed her without permission. Trump's campaign criticized the allegations calling it a character assassination. 

"Every place I go, I see hundreds of women for Trump, and then I see a poll: He is not doing well with women. I don't know, I don't get it," Trump told supporters.

Trump has an appearance in Greensboro Friday before heading to the Charlotte Convention Center that evening.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton's campaign has several events out west, in Nevada, California and Iowa.

MSNBC Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki discussed the key battleground states on the TODAY show Friday and named North Carolina as a 'show stopper' state.

Kornacki says for Trump to win the presidency, "he has got to win North Carolina."

"Lose Carolina if you're Trump, you've lost the election."

 

 

The majority of North Carolina voted Republican four years ago when Mitt Romney received the most votes in the state. In a new NBC poll, the Tarheel state is turning blue with Hillary Clinton ahead with a four-point lead, making Trump's Friday campaign that more important.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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