RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will battle for the next four months to win North Carolina votes.
North Carolina has become a key swing state with President Barack Obama winning North Carolina in 2008 but Mitt Romney got the most votes in 2012.
Tuesday proved that the Tar Heel State is an important one for both candidates.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and Obama campaigned in Charlotte just hours before Donald Trump held a rally in Raleigh.
Candidates say the real challenge is reaching and connecting with voters.
David McLennan, a political science professor at Meredith College, said history shows the importance of a strong ground game.
“Research would say that field operations matter, particularly in a close election and the Obama experience would show us here, evening North Carolina. He out-performed his poll numbers, McLennan said.
Within the next two weeks, Clinton’s campaign will open six offices in North Carolina.
The Republican National Committee says it has nearly 50 paid staffers on the ground right now in North Carolina.