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Bill Clinton, with a recorded message, calls NC voters

Former President Bill Clinton speaks on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a "Get Out The Vote Rally" in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a "Get Out The Vote Rally" in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. AP

Voters around North Carolina answered their phones Friday to hear a recording of former President Bill Clinton asking them to vote early.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is behind the robo-call, which is part of its efforts to encourage voter turnout as the Democrat seeks to build on strong showings in other southern states like South Carolina and Georgia.

“I know you don’t love these calls, which is why I wish I could be in North Carolina to talk to you in person,” Bill Clinton says on the recording. “I want to thank you for being such a good voter over so many years and to remind you that early voting has begun in the Democratic presidential primary.”

Clinton urges voters to support his wife, saying that the election is a “chance to restore broad-based prosperity, to get a lot of good new jobs and rising wages, to make college affordable for everybody, and to lift the burden of debt on young graduates.”

Also Friday, the Clinton campaign rolled out a new effort called “African Americans For Hillary” with an event in Durham that featured prominent black politicians, including Durham Mayor Bill Bell, N.C. House Democratic Leader Larry Hall, N.C. Sen. Floyd McKissick, N.C. Rep. Garland Pierce and former Congresswoman Eva Clayton.

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