What the Trump Visit Says About Asheville and WNC

Sep 9, 2016

North Carolina's status as a battleground state has been reinforced by a number of polls showing a tight race and a slew of campaign visits.  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Charlotte on Thursday.  The past several weeks also saw visits from vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, and even former president Bill Clinton.  But besides a visit to Asheville from Democrat Tim Kaine several weeks ago, western North Carolina has largely been passed over as candidates stump in larger metropolitan areas and the eastern part of the state.  That's about to change on Monday night when Republican nominee Donald Trump visits the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.  We thought it'd be a good time to check in with Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper about what the visit means for the mountains.  He also spoke to us about Thursday's decisions on early voting by the State Board of Elections.