CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte is once again on the front lines of the presidential race. Presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney will stump in the Queen City Friday. It's Romney's second visit in less than a month.
He is visiting the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company. The doors were opened to the public around 11:30 a.m. This is Romney's first stop in North Carolina since winning the primary on Tuesday.
Since North Carolina is considered a swing state, it puts Romney one step closer to clinching the GOP nomination. Romney is expected to speak for about 20 minutes.
He is expected to talk about several issues including gay marriage and the economy. The backdrop for his speech, the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, is family owned and operated since 1901. The company has more than 1,300 employees with plants across the country, including another in Monroe, N.C.
Charlotte pipe produces several products, including cast iron and PVC pipe for plumbing and industrial systems.
There is no indication yet as to why Romney chose the location, but expect to hear so in his speech. News 14 Carolina will carry Romney's speech live when it happens at 1 p.m. and will have complete coverage of his visit.