Thousands lined up down the light rail and around the Convention Center in Uptown Charlotte Tuesday afternoon to witness President Obama’s first stop on Hillary Clinton’s campaign trail.
Charlotte Stories was on hand to capture the highlights of the event:
The significance of Obama’s visit to Charlotte is shown in many polls that indicate North Carolina being in a political stalemate – Clinton with 44% of the vote, and Donald Trump with 43.3%. No Republican since Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 has won the White House without winning the Tar Heel State.
The Clinton campaign commented that there were 7,000 people in the main convention center, with another 2500 in the overflow upstairs (citing the official numbers from the Fire Marshal) – this makes her stop in Charlotte the largest attended campaign stop of her tour.
After their speeches at the Charlotte Convention Center, Hillary and Obama traveled in the presidential motorcade over to Midwood Smokehouse to grab some BBQ before heading back to Washington.
Obama and Clinton stop for BBQ at Midwood Smokehouse pic.twitter.com/GZBJ9Ppeaf
— Margaret Talev (@margarettalev) July 5, 2016
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