Michelle Obama will campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Charlotte and Raleigh on Tuesday.
The first lady, who will urge North Carolina residents to register to vote and cast a ballot, is highly popular. Americans viewed her more favorably than any of the other speakers at the Democratic National Convention in July, according to Gallup, with 58 percent having a favorable view of her.
She plans a noon rally at the Charlotte convention center, where doors open at 9:30 a.m. Her rally at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh is at 3 p.m.; doors open at 12:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, she campaigned for Clinton at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump without mentioning his name. She’s expected to campaign for Clinton across the country over the next five and a half weeks.
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“If a candidate is erratic and threatening, if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fear and lies on the campaign trail … that is the kind of president they will be,” Obama said, according to The New York Times.
Clinton and Trump are locked in a tight race in North Carolina. RealClear Politics’ average of polls has Trump at 44 percent and Clinton at 43.7 percent.
A poll released Thursday by Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling has Clinton at 44 percent and Trump at 42 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 7 percent. The poll also found 53 percent of those surveyed thought Clinton won Monday’s presidential debate, while 31 percent gave the edge to Trump.