Obama urges African Americans to protect his legacy

(CNN) – A recent Quinnipiac University poll put Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump by only three points in North Carolina.

President Obama told voters in the swing state Wednesday that, “the fate of the republic rests on your shoulders.” He specifically called out to African American voters, who overwhelmingly supported him during his races. Will they show the same enthusiasm for Clinton?

At Mama Dip’s Kitchen in Chapel Hill North Carolina, voters are crossing their fingers that African Americans show up at the polls.

“We absolutely need you at the polls, we need you voting,” said Nay Howell, Clinton Supporter.

Howell has already voted for Hillary Clinton and is working hard to get others in the African American community to do the same. Howell said, “Some pushback I’ve received is the two presidential candidates are just the same. They both lie, they both this, they both that.” “How different was it when Barack Obama was on the ticket for the African-American community?” Howell responded, “Oh my goodness. I cannot describe to you the sense of wonder.”

Continuing Coverage: Decision 2016

President Obama is appealing to black voters to support Clinton on Election Day, in part he says so he can pass the baton to someone who believes in the same things he does.

“You do feel like you owe it to President Obama to support Hillary Clinton this time around?”

Bryon Vickers, a Clinton Supporter responded, “Yes, in so many words, I do feel that. I don’t think he was given a fair shot the whole time. We’ve come a long way, we still have a lot of way to go, a long way to go and hopefully Hillary will take us the rest of the way.”

“President Obama says it would be an insult to his legacy if you don’t vote for Hillary Clinton, do you believe that?

Nay Howell responded saying, “I absolutely do because Secretary Clinton is going to continue much of the work that the two of them have been doing for the past 8 years whether they saw eye to eye on everything or not.”

Ward Faulkner, a Clinton supporter, agrees, “I think it would take away from some of his legacy if you don’t support some of the issues that she’s raised and I think she’s just the person to do it with all her experience.”

“Does the idea of continuing Barack Obama’s legacy motivate you to vote for Hillary Clinton?”

Stephanie Vickers, a Clinton Supporter said “It does. The night that he got elected, I was on phone with my grandmother and she said she’d never thought in her lifetime she would ever see an African American be president and now she is saying that about a woman so same thing.”

Motivation is key in the Tar Heel state, where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are virtually tied. African American voters could make the difference, but this man feels he owes nothing to the President and won’t vote Clinton just to preserve Obama’s legacy.

To all those suggesting Hillary Clinton will just be another four years of Obama, her supporters here say bring it on!

“I think that she will support the same platform issues that he did, and I think that it would be a type of victory for what he was trying to accomplish in eight years,” said Howell.