Trump skips swing-state cities, opts for rural town instead


September 20, 2016 12:00PM (UTC)

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is spending a good bit of time in the critical presidential swing state of North Carolina. But he's spending Tuesday's swing through the state far from cities like Charlotte and Raleigh where many candidates have courted moderate voters in recent years.

Instead, he's zeroing in on the town of Kenansville — population about 850 — to make his pitch to the working-class white voters who've propelled his campaign. The strategy appears to be less about swaying undecideds and more about making sure supporters don't stay home on Election Day.

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Trump's business background is a big draw for his supporters in Kenansville, where agriculture is the area's major economic driver.

Thomas Eamon, a political science professor at East Carolina University, says Trump's decision to veer farther away from population centers shows North Carolina is a state he has to win.


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