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Kaine rallies together crowd of hundreds at UNC Asheville

The scene at UNC Asheville on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 where Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke. (WLOS)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine spoke to a crowd of 750 at UNC Asheville on Wednesday.

His platform was the importance of early voting, which begins Thursday, Oct. 20 in North Carolina.

"Early voting starts tomorrow, and that's why we're here," Kaine said, "17 days of early vote between tomorrow and the fifth of November."

The importance of voting, particularly in this state, is something he says the Clinton-Kaine campaign is taking seriously.

"North Carolina is one of a few what I call 'checkmate states,' which is if you do what you can do and we win North Carolina, there is zero path for Donald Trump to be president of the United States," Kaine said.

Among many things, Kaine is trying to focus on his actual campaign and encourages others to do the same, following the latest release of hacked emails.

"The WikiLeaks and the Russian government are working to do this together," Kaine told News 13 in a one-on-one interview. "That should really also call on a lot of us to participate. We need to send a strong message that nobody from outside this country is going to basically come in and influence an election outcome."

Talk of jobs and education, instead of insult after insult, is what Kaine said separates his campaign from Donald Trump's.

At least four people in the crowd weren't there to support Clinton's campaign. One man was escorted out after yelling, "Bill Clinton is a rapist" during the event.

In Buncombe County, early voting begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. To find out what time you can vote, click here.

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