Ball State Prepares For Clinton's Visit To Muncie

This story was written by Bob Culp, Daily News
After bombarding Indiana with 20 stops during the last 10 days, the Clinton campaign will visit Muncie Central High School to continue its fight for Indiana delegates.

Three days after her daughter visited Ball State University, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced her visit to Muncie on Friday as part of a two-day campaign tour of Indiana.

Calls left at Mayor Sharon McShurely's home about Clinton's visit were not returned Thursday.

Junior Travis Schilla, who organized Chelsea Clinton's visit, said the turnout from the event helped to show support for Hillary Clinton in this region.

"There is definitely a lot of interest from students," Schilla said. "Ball State had the largest turnout of any Indiana university for Chelsea, so that shows just how much this election means to Ball State."

Schilla said he is starting Ball State Students for Hillary, a group based on the support for Clinton shown on campus.

"We are trying to get as many people as we can to go and show Ball State support," Schilla said.

Hillary Clinton will discuss "Solutions for the American Economy" when she visits Muncie, which has had a relatively stagnant job market the last two years, according to Indiana Business Review.

Based on the Muncie area's strong labor-job base, Schilla said, this region's demographics are important to Clinton.

Despite Obama's generally greater support in university towns, the city's lower-income population might rally behind Clinton's stances on healthcare, jobs and NAFTA, he said.

During Clinton's March 20 visit to Anderson, local unions were in wide support of the New York senator.

"We're going to say to the people who run businesses, 'Isn't it time you put America first again?'" Clinton said.

Indiana's 79 delegates ranks third, behind Pennsylvania and North Carolina, in delegate counts in states to still have their Democratic primaries.

Despite the previously large turnout at the Chelsea Clinton rally, Schilla said Clinton's Muncie visit is an opportunity for Ball State students to show a larger turnout and get excited about a political candidate.

"There is always room for improvement," Schilla said. "People don't feel like politics matter and that they get looked over too often. This election is starting to show them that their vote does count."
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