Donald Trump is back in the Tar Heel state. The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to host a rally Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Last week Trump hosted a pair of rallies in the North Carolina towns of Wilmington and Fayetteville. Trump may have a penchant for sometimes going off-message, he's expected to talk in Charlotte about national security, including his plan for "extreme vetting" for people attempting to enter the United States.
He also said last week that, "we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most violent regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism," via WSOC-TV.
His democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton responded by saying, "It just absolutely bewilders me when I hear him talk about national security. ... What he often says hurts us. It sends the wrong message."
There's been a sea change atop the Trump campaign over the past week, marking the second such major shift. The campaign announced that Stephen Bannon, the controversial co-founder of the far-right website Breitbart, would take over as campaign CEO. Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway was moved to campaign manager, as well, all of which was seen as a demotion for campaign chair Paul Manafort. With Bannon the new captain of the ship, the commonly held thinking goes, Trump will be even more brash and outspoken.
The Washington Post quoted anonymous aides in the campaign who said, "Trump's turn away from Manafort is in part a reversion to how he ran his campaign in the primary with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski's mantra was 'let Trump be Trump' and Trump wants to get back to that type of campaign culture."
A change might be necessary, since Trump is lagging well behind in the polls, although a new Pew poll showed a slimmer four-point national lead for Clinton. According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Clinton leads Trump by two-points in the swing state of North Carolina, although the most recent survey from NBC/WSJ/Marist showed a nine-point margin.