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Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law wants to help him win North Carolina – her home state

Eric Trump and wife talk about her ties to NC

Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Yunaska Trump, talk about Lara's ties to North Carolina as well as Sen. Ted Cruz's controversial convention speech during a news conference at the North Carolina Republican delegation's hotel in Warrensville Heights,
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Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Yunaska Trump, talk about Lara's ties to North Carolina as well as Sen. Ted Cruz's controversial convention speech during a news conference at the North Carolina Republican delegation's hotel in Warrensville Heights,

Eric Trump says his wife’s ties to North Carolina could help his father, Donald Trump, win the key swing state in November.

“I think we’re going to win in North Carolina because of her,” Eric Trump said Thursday morning, embracing his wife of two years. “No pressure, honey.”

Lara Trump grew up in Wrightsville Beach and graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in communications. After starting her career at a TV station in North Carolina, she now works as a producer for the CBS show “Inside Edition.” She has also worked as a personal trainer.

Eric and Lara Trump made a surprise appearance Thursday morning at the North Carolina delegation’s hotel for the Republican National Convention.

“I bring a lot of ‘y’all’ up to New York with me,” Lara told the delegates, stressing that North Carolina “is still the place I call home. My family still lives there, most of my friends still live there.”

When Lara Trump mentioned N.C. State, N.C. Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse began singing the university’s fight song. She immediately joined in enthusiastically.

While her involvement wasn’t widely publicized, Lara Trump said she helped coordinate the Trump campaign’s efforts in North Carolina ahead of the state’s March 15 Republican primary. Trump finished with 40 percent of the vote, edging out Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who received 37 percent.

“I said ‘look, I know my people of North Carolina ... and if you put me in charge, I’ll make sure they come through for you,’” she said. “And they did, in a big way.”

Eric and Lara Trump say they’ve spent a lot of time in North Carolina helping oversee the Trump National Golf Club on Lake Norman, outside of Charlotte. Donald Trump bought the club in 2012 and made major upgrades. Eric Trump serves as executive vice president of development and acquisitions for his father’s company.

Eric Trump spoke to the full convention Wednesday night, though his speech was partly upstaged by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was booed off stage after he didn’t endorse Trump.

Eric Trump criticized Cruz during his stop at the North Carolina delegation’s hotel on Thursday. “He doesn’t come out and endorse, which was what everybody in the room wanted him to do, and quite frankly would have been the right thing to do,” Trump said. “Everybody in that room, which represents so much of the influence in the Republican Party, was behind my father.”

Colin Campbell: 919-829-4698, @RaleighReporter

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