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What Concerts Can Teach Us About Popularity In Politics

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No matter your preferred genre, be it rock, rap, country, pop, whatever, every live show follows a simple plan; the big draw goes last. 

That’s one thing that made Thursday’s campaign stop in Winston-Salem by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama interesting. Ok, one of many.

Yes, it was the first time the two women took the stage at a campaign event this year. And yes, it comes at a key time in a battleground state.

But if you were there, or if you want to watch the full event online here, note the speaking order. Clinton, who is on the ballot and whose campaign this event is for, speaks first. Michelle Obama goes last.

That was not the case in Charlotte in July, when President Barack Obama joined Clinton for the first time on the campaign trail. Then the President introduced his preferred successor.

So why did FLOTUS get top billing over Clinton when POTUS was the warm-up act? It may have to do with popularity. Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings are historically low. Only Donald Trump’s are lower.

Michelle Obama’s approval ratings, well, according to a recent survey by Gallup, are at 79%.