In an effort to secure the swing state of North Carolina, FLOTUS Michelle Obama will join Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at an event in Winston-Salem this week.
As NY Mag reports, Clinton will devote her efforts in the last three weeks before the election to campaigning almost exclusively in swing states — like North Carolina.
Obama and Clinton’s appearance in Winston-Salem will be their first rally together. FLOTUS’ appearance on the campaign trail with Clinton is also undoubtedly a critical move for Clinton’s campaign — especially considering the fact that her husband, President Barack Obama, won the state in the 2008 election. In the 2012 election, however, Obama lost the state to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. As Jezebel reports, “there was, apparently, a lower turnout of African American voters in the latter election.” The Clinton campaign seems to have faith that Michelle Obama will be able to inspire and mobilize more African American voters in the state to head to the polls for the November election.
“In fact, Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon refers to Obama as their ‘not so secret weapon’ and sings her praises for the energy and eloquence she has brought to the trail.”
“She has exceeded our expectations in terms of how many events she has been able to do and and been willing to do… Her team keeps surprising us with additional ability and we can’t, from our vantage point, get her out there enough…she has been an absolute rock star.”