Clinton Visits NC, Talks Stakes of Election

Presidential Candidate comes to Charlotte, NC

Nick Vaughn, Staff Writer

          The Queen City has once again been host to a presidential candidate. Democratic candidate for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton was in Charlotte on September 8 to talk about the high stakes about the choice North Carolina voters face in a short 61 days.

Who will be the next President of the United States. Donald J. Trump? Or Hillary Clinton? North Carolina has been a swing state in the last 3 election cycles. Barack Obama turned the state blue in 2008 for the first time since Jimmy Carter’s win in 1976.

Four years later Mitt Romney turned the state back to its’ roots, going red in 2012. Polls have shown Clinton leading as of late. Visiting Johnson C. Smith University, Clinton emphasized the importance this election has for young voters. Clinton continues to emphasize; “This election has such high stakes — the highest stakes are for young people.”

Clinton focused much of her speech on college affordability and what her plan means for voters. “We need a lot of opportunities for young people everywhere, it shouldn’t matter what you look like, where you’re from, or who you love, you deserve to be in college if that is your choice.” Clinton added to a room filled with supporters.

One of those young individuals was a Junior here at Wingate University, Randel Caldwell. “I have been to several rallies over the course of this election cycle, and I feel it is important, as an interested voter, to see what each side has to say,” Caldwell said.

College affordability was key in Clinton’s visit to the state, harping on an appeal to young people that President Obama has decisively carried in the last two cycles. Young voters, 18-35, will be key in this election. Both candidates want that block of voters. In Charlotte, the room had an exciting and exhilarating tone and feeling.

Supporters can only hope that election night, only 61 days from now, will have that feeling in the Clinton Headquarters. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are expected to be in the state often throughout the rest of the campaign.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

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