Man travels to Charlotte from United Kingdom to campaign for Clinton

People from overseas trying to sway voters here in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On English Hills Drive in East Charlotte, you'll find an Englishman who sounds a little out of place.

No, Simon Randall isn't lost, he's canvassing to elect a president he'll never actually call his own.

"Some people say, 'Gee, I like your accent. Can you please repeat what you just said?'" Randall told WBTV.

Randall took the trip across the pond over the weekend to lend a hand in his fifth presidential election.

"Our relationship with the United States has always been very very strong. That's why it's important that we get the right person in the White House," he said.

The former British politician is here on his own dime because he insists our next leader effects everyone.

"The next President of the United States is taking over at a time when the world is so troubled. What's important for the world has huge influences for us in the United Kingdom, and that's why I'm here," he said.

The interest of this election spans much further than U.S. borders. Outlets across the globe are devoting immense resources to cover the race.

"If I look at my BBC news, it's usually the second or third item on the news, so people are following it very closely," Randall said.

Randall admits most but not all of his American interactions are positive. "On previous occasions I've had people who made rather ruder comments about an Englishman trying to persuade an American how they can vote," he said.

Back home in the UK, Randall says many are planning November 8th watch parties. But he'll have a front row seat. "I'll be over here of course and will know it first hand."

From Charlotte, Randall will be heading to Ohio to assist Clinton's campaign.

WBTV reached out to the NCGOP to find out if they've had any international response. Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse told WBTV "Our volunteers come from places like Gastonia and Greenville, not Brussels or Paris."

In a separate statement from the North Carolina Republican National Committee, a spokesperson said, "We've had many deployments to the state to help elect our Republican nominees, including from neighboring states South Carolina and Tennessee."

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