Kaine Stumps in Charlotte Again as Early Voting Opens

Both presidential candidates, and their campaigns, are putting extra emphasis on the Tar Heel state as we close in on election day.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Both parties are pushing hard to get the vote out early, especially in North Carolina. The state is considered key to winning the White House.

Both presidential candidates, and their campaigns, are putting extra emphasis on the Tar Heel state as we close in on election day.

“We’re the underdog until we’re the winner,” Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine told a crowd in Charlotte on Thursday. “We’re the underdog until we’re the winner!”

Kaine was back in Charlotte again, firing up supporters at a rally in Noda on the first day of early voting in North Carolina.

Kaine also hit some early voting locations, where the turnout was strong.

“The early vote site this morning, what I saw there in terms of energy and activity around an early vote, I think people watched that debate last night and decided they were going to rush right to the polls as soon as they can,” said Kaine to the press after the rally.

Kaine told the crowd at Heist Brewery that there is no path to the White House for Republican Donald Trump without winning North Carolina. WCCB Charlotte political contributor Mary C. Curtis agrees.

“As his map shrinks, we realize just how important North Carolina is,” says Curtis. “Which is why we see a parade of candidates, surrogates, spouses, celebrities coming here.”

Kaine also touched on important down ballot issues in the Tar Heel state; House Bill 2, equality, protecting voters rights, jobs, education and taking care of our veterans.

“He’s absolutely right, Tim Kaine is, when he says we’ve got to do it down ballot,” said Marybeth Hughes after the rally. “We’ve got to take care of everything, and everybody, here in this state.”

“It is a passion to change the state to more reflect who North Carolina is,” Kaine told the crowd from the stage.

“I’m retired now, so it matters to me,” said Mary Beth Hughes, neighbor and friend of Marybeth Hughes. “What the future is going to look like. I have nieces and nephews. They deserve a chance.”

The latest CNN-ORC poll gives Hillary Clinton a two-point lead in North Carolina.

Clinton returns to Charlotte for a rally at UNC Charlotte Sunday afternoon. Donald Trump is holding a rally tomorrow in Asheville.