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After break, Hillary Clinton to resume campaigning Thursday with NC event

dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

After a break while she recovers from pneumonia, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will resume campaigning Thursday with an event in Greensboro, her campaign announced Tuesday evening.

The event is expected to be Clinton’s first since her campaign announced that she has pneumonia. It will be her second visit to the state in about a week, underscoring that North Carolina has become a key battleground state. Clinton hosted a campaign rally last Thursday in Charlotte at Johnson C. Smith University.

She canceled a campaign trip to California this week after she was seen struggling to walk while abruptly leaving a 9/11 event on Sunday.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was in North Carolina on Monday, where he criticized Clinton at a rally in Asheville for her “basket of deplorables” comment. It was also his second stop in North Carolina in a week.

Recent polls averaged by RealClear Politics give Clinton a lead over Trump in North Carolina of less than 1 percentage point.

The Clinton campaign gave few details about the focus of her Greensboro event, saying only that she would “discuss her vision for an America that is stronger together.” But she’s likely to reiterate her criticism of North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2, which nullified Charlotte’s legal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals. Her visit follows the NCAA’s decision Monday to pull seven championship games from the state and the Greensboro-based ACC’s decision to pull this year’s football title game from Charlotte.

“Discrimination is not only wrong, it’s bad for business,” Clinton said of HB2.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, the Democratic candidate for governor who opposed HB2, has a bigger lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory than Clinton’s tight race with Trump. Recent polls averaged by RealClear Politics give Cooper a 6-point lead over McCrory, who signed HB2 into law.

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