North Carolina to be 'purple state' ahead of presidential election

Posted June 21, 2016
Updated June 22, 2016

— Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is scheduled to campaign in Raleigh on Wednesday, roughly a month ahead of the party's convention.

Clinton's stop is slated for 2:30 p.m. at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

In a news release, the campaign said Clinton will talk about the future of the country and the economy.

Clinton's visit will mark the end of a busy week for politicians in North Carolina. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump visited Raleigh last week.

This year, North Carolina is a coveted "purple state," which could go either way in the upcoming presidential election.

North Carolina will get serious attention and ad dollars once again, and unaffiliated voters will likely make the difference.

The trend began in 2008 when President Barack Obama won North Carolina by the closest margin, and in 2012, when he lost the state in the tightest state contest.

Republican political strategist Dee Stewart and Democratic consultant Brad Crone disagree on policy, but not on the political importance of the state.

“North Carolina is increasingly important, not necessarily because of the electoral vote, but because of the evenness of the electorate from a partisan standpoint,” Stewart said.

The state’s population growth drives the political evolution, making unaffiliated voters, now more than a quarter of the electorate, more powerful.

“In 2006 and 2008, unaffiliated voters supported Democrats; in 2010, 2012, 2014, they supported Republicans,” Crone said. “So, the importance of the unaffiliated vote is unprecedented.”

Most polls have shown Clinton and Trump in a dead-heat in North Carolina, but Republicans counter that the recent Trump management change will lead to an organizational rise, and likely to an even tighter race for the state.

WRAL.com will stream Clinton's visit to Raleigh live online beginning at 2:30 p.m.


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  • Michael Warren Jun 22, 2016
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    I admit it will be close, but Trump will win NC, he WON'T win the general election. Hillary has shown over and over again she has very poor judgement starting with the travel office fiasco and other things to the email server issues where she just can't seem to get her stories straight to other things she has said that you have to wonder how someone as smart as she is be so dumb. Trump on the other hand is a hot head who will lead us into a world war and is hell bent on tearing people down to make himself look good. Hillary is no better when it comes to the nice department. I wish there was a none of the above, because BOTH have shown to be dishonest, phony, and have some of the worst decision making decisions I have ever seen in my life time. Charles Manson and his followers deserve a vote for parole over these 2 for any political office. The Manson people might be cold blooded killers, but at least they are honest

  • Michael Warren Jun 22, 2016
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    . I admit on experience Hillary has Trump beat, but competent people around her. I doubt it. It is the people around her that she has had that has gotten her in the messes she has been in

  • B.c. Jimmy Jun 22, 2016
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    I am white, a male, married with kids, paying income taxes for 30 years and I own a gun so I guess I'll be voting for Trump. Romney took NC 4 years ago with 2+ points and recent polls show Trump up 3 to 4 points over Shrillary.

  • Pete Muller Jun 22, 2016
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    Yes, Hillary Clinton has accumulated baggage in her political career. Ultimately, it is not that much. While I would not have her on my A list for friends to have over for dinner, she is experienced, competent, intelligent, and a ferocious fighter for her team, qualifying her for becoming a good president. None of these qualities can be detected in her presumptive opponent.

  • Raleigh Rose Jun 22, 2016
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    Looking at how the 2 campaigns have been run, gives you an idea of how they would run their administration. Clinton is organized & has competent people around her. Trump's campaign is just about bankrupt (not an unusual position for him), disorganized & just fired his campaign manager. How can he run the country if he can't run a campaign?

    As far as the "liar, cheat, thief, etc" , if it fits for one, it fits for both. Trump has many lawsuits against him for vendors that have done their job that he refuses to pay. There was an interview I heard the other day about a guy whose family business that his father started had gone out of business because of all the work they did for one of Trump's casinos but didn't get paid for.
    Neither one of these two are gems, but I think Hillary has more skills and experience to run the country than Trump does. Running the country is NOT like running a business and he is not going to be able to file Chapter 11 to save it like he's used to.

  • Gladys Williams Jun 22, 2016
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    I would rather have her than the Con artist who is spending campaign money on himself. That clown had the nerve to question her faith when he doesn't even affiliate. He's your Puppet!

  • Freda Kerr Jun 22, 2016
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    Then you cannot vote for Donald Trump.

  • Doug Bogard Jun 21, 2016
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    I am an Independant,
    I can not in good concience vote for Mrs. Clinton. Our commander and chief should not be a liar and a thief. Our commander and chief should lead our people, not leave them behind to die.

  • Byrd Ferguson Jun 21, 2016
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    She's a liar, a criminal, and thinks she's above the law. I still say she stayed married to Bill after his affair(s) for political reasons.

  • Vern Barnett Jun 21, 2016
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    Oh, I found it. It supposedly took place in 1984 and all info is heresay. Nothing concrete.

    How can you fault her for possibly saying that way back in 1984 when the Presumptive Republican nominee has openly made fun of the physically handicapped on national television?