The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign hung that nickname on the state because it feels if she can win North Carolina and its 15 delegates then Donald Trump's path to the White House would be all but blocked.
"Don't believe it - don't believe it", Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at a bayside amphitheater on a hot November Wednesday in Miami.
With 29 electoral votes at stake, Trump, Clinton and high-profile supporters have been traveling throughout Florida in the closing days of the campaign to try to turn out voters.
The campaign for Republican nominee Donald Trump announced the business mogul received $100 million in small donations in October. With voters making more than $50,000 a year, Clinton went from leading by 10 points to losing by one point, 50-49.
Donald Trump is still telling backers to ignore the polls - even the ones that show him gaining on Democrat Hillary Clinton. "I think for the undecideds in the middle, the challenge is determining between two unpopular candidates which one will actually be the better president".
The location and precise time for the event has not been disclosed by her campaign.
Trump, a NY native, has cast himself as a different kind of Republican whose business background and anti-establishment credentials play well in the traditionally Democratic states.
"If you add up all of the people and all the groups of people he has insulted and demeaned, it makes way more than half of America", Clinton said.
The FBI has investigated possible links between Trump advisors and Russian financial figures. "We need someone who is ready to go to work".
Suffice it to say, this presidential race has tightened as we get closer to Election Day. Hillary Clinton is getting about a third of whites in Florida, to Trumps 58 percent.
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Both Trump and Clinton were in North Carolina on Thursday. Bernie Sanders and pop star Pharrell Williams in Raleigh.
David Almacy, a former White House staffer for former Republican President George W. Bush, told VOA the candidates still have some convincing to do in the waning days of the presidential campaign.
While Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to win Tuesday's election, Trump now has a plausible route to victory, especially if there is a sharp fall in turnout among African-Americans from the levels of the 2012 election.
"You can't just be against something, you've got to be for something", Obama said.
"This isn't a joke. This isn't Survivor. This isn't The Bachelorette", he said, taunting the former reality-TV star.
"C'mon, man", he said, to cheers.
Mr Obama has been trying to bait Republican into veering off message - counting on Mr Trump not to have the discipline or the ground game to capitalise on a late surge.
Clinton's schedule underscored the Democrats' fresh anxiety.