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Pro-Trump parade hopes to sway voters in Mooresville

Pro-Trump parade hopes to sway voters in Mooresville

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Mooresville is Trump country if you ask the 300 or so people that took part in a pro-Donald Trump parade down Main Street on Saturday.

"I'm just a good believer in Trump, just being out in Mooresville showing our support," Tom Miller said. "I've just seen the good he did and want to see it continue."

Miller and others took part in the show of support for President Trump and other Republican candidates on the ballot for Tuesday's election. While Trump was the focus of the event, local candidates Scottie Brown, Jeff McNeely and Vickie Sawyer spoke to the crowd before the caravan of vehicles got on its way. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell spoke as well, but he isn't up for election for another two years.

The event was organized by Sible Winebarger, who wanted to do her part to get her choice for the President of the United States of America re-elected.

"I'm a huge Trump supporter, everyone knows I am," Winebarger said. "Being a big Trump supporter, I wanted to get the word out here as much as we can, especially with North Carolina being a swing state. That's our motivation."

With the election being close, she and others felt it was important to drum up some enthusiasm to get people to vote for Trump and other Republicans.

"We don't look at the polls, we look at the momentum and enthusiasm being 100% on his side. We're not putting any stock in polls. We didn't in 2016, well, maybe a little but that gave us an awakening for this one. We're not putting any stock in polls," Winebarger said.

In 2016, 54,754 voters gave the then-candidate Donald Trump 66.31% of the vote in Iredell County. He needed those votes as Trump won the state by a margin of 173,315 on his way to victory. Current polls show the 2020 presidential race is up for grabs, with Joe Biden holding a very small lead — 49.1% to 46.7% — over Trump, according to the website FiveThirtyEight's polling averages.

Regardless of whether Trump is up or down in the polls, those at the rally were hoping for the same outcome: four more years of Donald Trump.

"I'm 40 years old, and I've never been behind a president like I have been with Trump. Everything he's stood for, the people of this area, just showing my support for the president and let them know to get out and vote," Terry Rollings Jr. said. "I still think the polls are off, but definitely hope that this helps to get people out to vote the right way."

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