In North Carolina, audience shrinking for Trump’s message

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina may be the state most pivotal to Donald Trump’s White House bid, but the audience for his main economic pitch is shrinking by the day.

His focus is on trade deals that he says have cost the country jobs.

But textile and furniture manufacturing no longer dominates the state’s economy as it did a generation ago.

Banking, technology and others industries have driven North Carolina’s economic output to grow faster than any state in the past three years.

Voters are flowing into the state. They’re young and educated — and many are set to take high-paying jobs when they arrive.

They’re coming from everywhere and quickly diluting North Carolina’s conservative political underpinnings.

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