Trumps in North Carolina Friday ahead of Clinton's UNCC event

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Now, both campaigns have sent heavy hitters to early voting polls in Charlotte to gain support.

On Friday morning, Eric Trump drummed up support for his father with voters at a polling place in South Park.

He told a group gathered around a Trump Train camper that a vote for Trump is a vote to strengthen our economy and our borders.


On Thursday, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was in Charlotte campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

The surrogates for Clinton and Trump have been greeted by long lines of early voters.

Eric Trump told Channel 9 that he isn't discouraged by most recent poll numbers, which show his father slipping behind Clinton.

"I think we're doing incredibly well," he said.

Eric Trump's wife Lara Trump, a North Carolina native, said the allegations of sexual assault facing Donald Trump are part of a false narrative. She thinks many women will stand by her father-in-law.

"I think they will come to understand this is a man who will get the job done and take care of our families," said Lara Trump.

Channel 9 asked Trump's son about the protests that rocked Charlotte in September. He thinks they highlight a growing unrest in the country.

"We have to have respect between law enforcement and the various communities. It'd be great if we could bring the religious leaders back into this," Eric Trump said.

Voters are divided over Donald Trump's repeated claims that a vast media conspiracy has fixed the election for Clinton.

"I think it's skewed toward her," voter Jim Day said.

"Total and complete nonsense." voter Kevin Gill said.

Friday's campaign stop reminded voters that North Carolina is key to winning the presidency.

"Every vote matters," voter Mary Frye said.

Eric Trump said there is no question that his father will win North Carolina. He says there is a silent majority that isn't reflected in the polls. He thinks those voters will carry the country on Election Day.

On Friday afternoon, Donald Trump visited the agriculture center in Fletcher, which is about 30 minutes outside of Asheville.

His visit was the fourth day in a row a major-party candidate for president or vice president is campaigning in the state.

Rival Hillary Clinton will be in Charlotte Sunday, at UNC Charlotte for an early vote event.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. at Belk Plaza.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke at get-out-the-vote events in Asheville on Wednesday and in Charlotte and Durham on Thursday. And Trump running mate Mike Pence held events Tuesday in Fayetteville and Wilmington.

On Saturday, Kaine's wife Anne Holton and Jill Biden, the wife of Joe Biden, are scheduled to campaign in Fayetteville and Jacksonville.

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