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Michelle Obama To Campaign Alongside Clinton In North Carolina

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Hillary Clinton will campaign this week with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon says Clinton and Obama will appear together at a rally in Winston Salem, North Carolina, on Thursday.


Obama has become one of Clinton's most powerful surrogates. Fallon called Michelle Obama an "absolute rock star'' on the campaign trail.

This will be their first joint appearance at a campaign rally.

President Barack Obama is also heading to Nevada to boost Clinton's presidential campaign and help Democrats in their bid to retake control of the Senate.

Some of the president's recent trips have focused on competitive states with close Senate races. The Senate's top Democrat, Harry Reid, is retiring after serving out a fifth term, and Obama is trying to keep it in party hands.

He'll speak at a rally for Clinton and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto at a Las Vegas-area high school. Her Senate opponent is Joe Heck, a congressman.

Obama has been trying to tie Republican candidates to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at every opportunity.

Heck says he can't support Trump; Democrats say that's just a political calculation.

Clinton and Trump have set their sights on key battleground states as the race for the White House enters its final two-week stretch.

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