Ivanka Trump made a brief appearance at the Mecklenburg County GOP headquarters on Park Rd. in Charlotte during a November campaign stop for her father. Diedra Laird The Charlotte Observer
Ivanka Trump made a brief appearance at the Mecklenburg County GOP headquarters on Park Rd. in Charlotte during a November campaign stop for her father. Diedra Laird The Charlotte Observer

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Ivanka Trump to supporters in Charlotte: ‘Your efforts are bearing fruit’

November 02, 2016 10:04 AM

UPDATED November 02, 2016 01:39 PM

With polls in North Carolina showing a tightening race for president and only days to go before the Nov. 8 election, Ivanka Trump told supporters in Charlotte that their efforts are helping to swing the state in her father’s favor.

Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, joined the all-out blitz of presidential candidates and surrogates from both parties targeting the state.

She met with campaign volunteers at about 11:30 a.m., at the Republican National Committee’s offices at 4523 Park Road in Charlotte. After the appearance, Trump headed to Union County GOP headquarters in Indian Trail and what the campaign says is a “non-political event” at Concord Children’s Academy to promote her work with children’s issues.

“Your efforts are bearing fruit, and it’s being seen in the numbers,” said Trump, referring to recent polls that show the race for president swinging towards the Republican nominee in North Carolina. Outside the offices, Ivanka Trump posed for pictures with dozens of enthusiastic supporters, though she politely declined to be photographed with a woman wearing a “Hillary for Prison” shirt.

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“We’re incredibly grateful for your great work,” said Trump. “Hopefully Tuesday will be a very exciting day for all of us.”

“You’re even more beautiful in person!” a woman in the audience yelled to Trump, drawing applause.

47 percentLikely voter support for Donald Trump in North Carolina

46.3 percentLikely voter support for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina

The N.C. Democratic Party criticized the visits of Ivanka Trump and Lara Trump, who was also in Charlotte.

“Donald Trump’s treatment of women goes far beyond politics – it is egregiously wrong. North Carolinians can see right through Donald Trump’s hollow outreach towards women, and our state’s early voting turnout shows it,” said party chairwoman Patsy Keever, in a statement. “Throughout this campaign, and throughout his life, Trump has proven himself to be a misogynist, a serial perpetrator of sexual assault, and someone who demeans and degrades women for sport.”

Trump has denied all accusations from a dozen women who have come forward to claim he groped or otherwise touched them inappropriately.

Ivanka Trump’s Wednesday visit is the latest in a campaign cavalcade that’s put a national spotlight on North Carolina. The Trump campaign said she wouldn’t take questions at her Charlotte stop.

On Sunday, former president Bill Clinton held rallies in Greensboro and Charlotte to promote early voting. On Monday, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine rallied supporters in Jacksonville. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden highlighted North Carolina’s importance to the campaign with a rally in Charlotte where he told the crowd “We win in North Carolina, we win it all.”

The parade shows no signs of letting up before the Tuesday election. Also on Wednesday, President Obama will campaign with James Taylor at a “get out the early vote event” at UNC Chapel Hill. Thursday, Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit the state. And on Friday, Obama is set to return, with rallies in Fayetteville and Charlotte.

That’s on top of visits last week by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, among others. The latest average of statewide polling shows why the campaigns are focusing so heavily on North Carolina, along with other crucial swing states such as Florida.

The presidential race could have big implications for two other statewide contests: Gov. Pat McCrory and Sen. Richard Burr, both Republicans, are trying to fend off challenges from Democrats Roy Cooper and Deborah Ross.

According to Real Clear Politics polling average from the past week, Trump is up 0.7 percent over Clinton in North Carolina, leading 47 percent to 46.3 percent among likely voters. That compares with a 3 percentage point advantage for Clinton last week.

After the event, Trump supporters said they were confident their nominee will carry North Carolina.

“I feel like the Trump vote is underrepresented...I don’t really trust the polls,” said Debbie Sinclair, who lives in Mooresville. She’s been riding a “Trump Train” bus around the state to show support for the candidate, and said she sees many times more Trump signs than Clinton signs.

“I think there’s a silent majority,” said Sinclair.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo