Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina this evening, his first event in two days following a major campaign shakeup.
Trump’s event will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. It can be viewed in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
This is Trump’s first rally since Tuesday, although that event ended up being a scripted speech as opposed to Trump’s typical improvised events. It’s also Trump’s first appearance since the news broke that he would be naming Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, his new chief executive. Pollster Kellyanne Conway is also the new campaign manager.
This was reportedly a decision made by Trump because he wanted to run the rest of the election on his own terms and more like he had run it during the Republican primaries.
North Carolina is one of the states to watch in the 2016 presidential election. It has gone Republican in three out of the four presidential elections since 2000, with the only exception being 2008, when Barack Obama was able to turn the state blue. But although Mitt Romney won North Carolina by a two point margin in 2012, Trump is currently lagging in the state’s polls.
Real Clear Politics’ polling average has Clinton ahead of Trump in North Carolina, 45.3 percent to 43.3 percent. The most recent poll in the state from Marist College showed Clinton ahead by nine points. FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s election forecast website, calculates that Clinton has a 76 percent chance of winning the state in November.