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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While conservatives from near and far traveled to Hickory to support Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, Statesville Christian senior Kate Cockerham made the drive to Charlotte to support her choice for president, Hillary Clinton.

"I think she stands for equality for everybody," said Cockerham. "I think that that's what America was founded on and everyone deserves a chance to do whatever we want."

Cockerham made a sign supporting Clinton but said she would also support the other contender on Tuesday's democratic ballot.

"I would vote for either of them," Cockerham said of Bernie Sanders. "But I want Hillary to get the nomination."

Cockerham was joined by several hundred Clinton supporters at the Grady Cole Arena in Charlotte.

They waited up to three hours to hear the former First Lady speak.

During the wait, they heard from Clinton who promised some bold changes during her first few months in the White House, including the launch of a widespread solar energy program.

Cockerham isn't bothered by recent attacks on Clinton which said her fundraising tactics put her in the pocket of Wall Street and private business. The 18-year-old is more focused on the social impact a Clinton presidency would have.

"I think that if you want everyone to have the same opportunities; if you want everyone to be equal in the state or in the nation and you should go for Hillary for sure. She stands for everybody no matter your race, your gender or sexual orientation or what you believe in-- she represents everybody," said Cockerham.