Clinton, Trump set to hit the trail in NC Tuesday

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP photos)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — This Tuesday both presidential candidates will be in North Carolina, and political experts say winning the state is vital for winning the presidential election.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will make her first appearance with President Barack Obama on the campaign trail in Charlotte on Tuesday at the Charlotte Convention Center from 3 to 5 p.m.

Donald Trump will be in Raleigh Tuesday night as well.

Trump will be in Raleigh on Tuesday  at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.  His appearance is free, but tickets are required for admission. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Trump was in North Carolina less than three weeks ago for a rally in Greensboro.

David McLennan, professor of political science at Meredith College, said it is no surprise he is back in the state so soon.

“Donald Trump needs North Carolina if he is going to win the presidency,” McLennan said.

McLennan says it’s no coincidence Trump’s return falls on the same day as  Clinton will be making her first appearance with Obama just a few hours away in Charlotte.

“He’s going to try and turn what’s a big celebration of Democrats in Charlotte into kind of a typical attack on the Democrats that he is very good at,” said McLennan.

McLennan said Trump’s ammunition against Clinton will focus on her email scandal, but said Republicans have their own controversies that Clinton and Obama will look to bring to light.

“The Republicans are kind of split over Donald Trump’s candidacy. Some Republicans won’t endorse him. They push back when he says certain things, but the image with President Obama and campaign with Hillary Clinton is we don’t have those problems,” said McLennan.

McLennan said North Carolina Democrats are highly motivated right now, because of House Bill 2.

He said he expects Clinton to try and build momentum off of this motivation to get more people out in November not only to vote for her, but for local state officials as well.

McLennan said North Carolina is a major battle ground state, and he expects to see both candidates back several times before the election in November.

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