First Lady Michelle Obama to visit UNH Tuesday
Published: Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02
Update: The first lady will speak in the Field House on Tuesday afternoon. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required due to limited space. For those on the UNH campus, tickets are available at Hamilton-Smith Hall.
President Barack Obama’s campaign is keeping its focus on the University of New Hampshire in the waning days before the election.
First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at UNH on Tuesday, Oct. 30, according to an Obama campaign official.
Her appearance will mark the Obama campaign’s third high-profile event of the year in Durham. Former President Bill Clinton spoke at UNH earlier this month, and the president also visited the small college town over the summer. Obama spoke at Oyster River High School.
Durham is one of a number of New Hampshire communities the Obama campaign is targeting in the next few days.
National polling indicates both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are within grasp of victory on election day. Obama has consistently polled higher than Romney among New Hampshire voters, although he has failed to take a decisive lead.
The campaign is deploying the president, vice president and their wives around New Hampshire in the next four days, hoping to secure New Hampshire’s four electoral votes.
Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, plans to attend events in Concord, Conway, Berlin and Laconia today.
On Saturday, the president is scheduled to make his sixth appearance in the Granite State this year. He will be accompanied by musician James Taylor, who will perform during an event at Elm Street Middle School in Nashua.
Vice President Joe Biden will be in New Hampshire Monday, according to the campaign, one day ahead of Michelle Obama.
The time and location of the first lady’s visit to the UNH campus on Tuesday have not been announced.
Romney was also planning to return to New Hampshire on Tuesday for a “major campaign event” in Manchester, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
The website RealClearPolitics.com, which maintains a running average of recent polling data, indicates Obama is maintaining a lead of less than 1 percentage point over Romney among likely New Hampshire voters. The state was listed as a “toss up” on the site Thursday.