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Trump running mate Pence to speak in Charlotte on Wednesday

Mike Pence, Republican candidate for Vice-President speaks during a town meeting event at the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C. Thursday, August 4, 2016.
Mike Pence, Republican candidate for Vice-President speaks during a town meeting event at the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C. Thursday, August 4, 2016. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will stop in Charlotte on Wednesday morning.

Pence, who is running on the GOP ticket headed by Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak at a private event hosted by Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, according to the Trump-Pence website.

The 10 a.m. event is not open to the public.

In 2012, then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also spoke to 650 people from the floor of the Charlotte manufacturing plant.

Pence also will headline a Wednesday afternoon campaign rally near Wilmington. The 3 p.m. event will be held at Manufacturing Methods in Leland.

Pence, who is governor of Indiana, last visited North Carolina on Aug. 4, when he spoke to about 300 people at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

An NBC-Wall Street Journal-Marist Poll released this month put the Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine 9 points ahead of Trump-Pence in North Carolina. But the RealClear Politics average of all recent polls for the battleground state put Clinton ahead by only 2 points.

Political observers consider North Carolina a must-win state for Trump, who was in Charlotte just last week for a rally and fundraiser.

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