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WATCH: Trump urges North Carolina to ‘open up’ in campaign rally

President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina Thursday, just as long lines formed at polling places across the state as the battleground state kicked off early in-person voting.

Watch the president’s remarks in the player above.

“North Carolina, tell your governor to open up your state, open up your schools,” Trump said about the lockdowns used to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.

Early voting locations that opened in all 100 counties of the high-stakes swing state quickly drew crowds.

More than 500,000 people have already cast mail-in absentee ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is the craziest race, ” Trump said speaking about his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

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“I wish he was good, I’d have less pressure,” Trump told the crowd at the Greenville airport.

Trump and Biden will compete for TV audiences in dueling town halls on Thursday night instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned.

The two will take questions in different cities on different networks: Trump on NBC from Miami, Biden on ABC from Philadelphia.

Trump backed out of plans for the presidential faceoff originally scheduled for the evening after debate organizers said it would be held virtually following Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.