Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine talks to the crowd during a rally at Davidson College on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. David T. Foster III, The Charlotte Observer

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is heading back to North Carolina this week – this time to encourage early voting, which begins on Thursday.

After a stop in Asheville on Wednesday, Kaine will attend a Thursday rally at Heist Brewery in NoDa. They rally is scheduled to begin at noon. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The public can RSVP here.

This will be Kaine’s second visit to the state in just over a week. He spoke to several hundred supporters last Wednesday at Davidson College.

In announcing is return, the campaign said Kaine will “lay out the stakes of November’s election” and encourage early voting. He also will urge North Carolina voters to check their registration status at iwillvote.com.

Polls show that presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in North Carolina, which, with 15 electoral votes, has emerged as battleground state.

After Kaine leaves Charlotte, he will head to North Carolina Central University in Durham for a rally there.

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