WASHINGTON – Republican President Donald Trump has returned to North Carolina, where fellow Democrat Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, visited earlier that day.
“We will win in this state,” Trump predicted at an evening rally in Gastonia.
Later at the event, he said to an audience of thousands: “I’ve been everywhere in your state. So it will be better if I win. “
North Carolina is one of the top prizes in the election as the winning candidate receives 15 electoral votes out of 270 needed to win the overall presidential election.
Four years ago, Trump won just over 50 percent of the state, beating Hillary Clinton by less than 200,000 votes.
“We need North Carolina, that’s why I’m here, that’s why he (Trump) was here,” Harris told reporters at Asheville airport after a campaign event on a nearby college campus.
“The people of North Carolina will play a very large role in the outcome of this election, so we are here to encourage voting,” she added.
Three polls published over the past week show Biden is 3 percentage points ahead of Trump, which is well within the margin of error.