More than 10,000 people watched First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton make their first joint campaign appearance Thursday in Winston-Salem.
The two took the stage just before 2:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and spoke for about 50 minutes. You can watch the entire event at the top of this story, and Cameron Kent will anchor our team coverage from the Joel on WXII 12 News starting at 5.
Wake Forest officials said 10,500 people attended the rally, which originally was set to take place outdoors on their campus. The rally was moved indoors due to the possibility of inclement weather.
So many people showed up to the event that coliseum officials had to open up extra space to accommodate everyone, WXII’s Margaret Johnson reported.
U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross spoke to the crowd about 30 minutes before Clinton and Obama took the stage. Polls show Ross in a close race with incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr.
This was Clinton’s first visit to Winston-Salem during the general election campaign. She campaigned at UNC-Greensboro Sept. 15 in her first appearance since taking a few days off to recover from pneumonia.
Clinton also chose North Carolina to make her first joint campaign appearance with President Barack Obama. The two shared the stage in Charlotte on July 5.
Clinton’s North Carolina appearance comes the day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaigned in Kinston and also spoke at a closed event in Charlotte. Trump running mate Mike Pence will speak Friday at the 2016 North Carolina Conservative Rally in Smithfield.
Also on Thursday, Clinton campaign officials announced that Bill Clinton will campaign for his wife Sunday in Greensboro and Charlotte. No other details have been released yet.
North Carolina remains a battleground state with less than two weeks to go before Election Day. One-stop early voting is taking place now through Nov. 5, and more voting locations opened Thursday in Forsyth and Guilford counties.
The Associated Press reported that 56 percent of North Carolina ballots in 2012 were cast early