Hillary Clinton making North Carolina church, campus visits Sunday

Hillary Clinton
In this Jan. 12, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Challenged anew by Bernie Sanders, Clinton is reverting to some of the same themes, even strikingly similar attack lines, from her 2008 primary loss to Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — College campuses are the sites for two Hillary Clinton campaign rallies in North Carolina designed to encourage early voting.

After starting her day at Union Baptist Church in Durham, the Democratic presidential nominee plans to attend events early Sunday afternoon at St. Augustine’s College in downtown Raleigh and later in the day at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She’ll appear at the Raleigh event with women who have lost their children to gun violence in police-related instances. They’re called the Mothers of the Movement.

Clinton’s weekend visit underscores the importance of the presidential battleground state. Sunday will mark the sixth day major-party candidates for president or vice president — or their spouses — have held public events in North Carolina.

And GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Salisbury and Greensboro on Monday.