Hillary Clinton to Visit Raleigh, North Carolina Wednesday — Here’s Why It Matters

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Hillary Clinton will visit Raleigh, North Carolina, on Wednesday in an effort to paint the swing state blue. 

As the presumptive Democratic nominee heads into the general election, Clinton has been making stops at several contested states, from Virginia, to Ohio, to Washington, D.C., all in an effort to clinch the White House in November. 

North Carolina may prove to be one of the former secretary of state's biggest battles — in 2008, the state saw the second closest race of the general election. It's also the home to the controversial "bathroom bill," HB2, that mandates transgender people only use public restrooms that correspond with their gender assigned at birth. The legislation, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in March, has become subject of discrimination lawsuits from both the federal government and LGBTQ rights advocates. Accusing the federal government of bullying, McCrory has since filed a countersuit. 

According to Clinton's website, the candidate "is visiting Raleigh to talk about her vision for an America that's stronger together and her commitment to making sure we build an economy that works for everyone."

It's unclear whether the economy-focused speech will make room for talking points geared towards the LGBTQ communities, but Clinton made her stance on the issue known back in March, tweeting, "LGBT people should be protected from discrimination under the law — period."

Clinton will then head off to Washington, D.C., for a fundraiser on Wednesday, followed by three consecutive events in Miami, Chicago and Paris. 

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