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Katy Perry opens doors for Clinton campaign

Singer Katy Perry has rallied students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for Hillary Clinton on the first day of early voting in the state.

Perry surprised students on Saturday afternoon when she knocked on the doors of their dorm rooms wearing a T-shirt that read Nasty Woman - a phrase Donald Trump uttered at Wednesday's debate with Mrs Clinton.

The singer headlined a short outdoor rally on campus along with Nevada Democratic Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto, but did not perform any of her songs.

She campaigned in Las Vegas for Barack Obama in 2012, wearing a dress decorated like a ballot.

Perry, famous for songs like Teenage Dream and Waking Up In Vegas, was met with squeals and requests for selfies from the students.

"We're out here campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Ever heard of her?" she told a trio of young women after they invited her and a crowd of reporters into their dorm room.

"Because there's no other alternative. We need our issues heard, we need our bodies taken care of, we need all that choice."

Perry encouraged one student who said she might have to drop out of the school to stay the course, telling her she had been through her own troubles after being dropped from record labels three times.

And she told about her own financial problems at 17 when she could not buy a bag of crisps without getting an overdraft charge.

Polls show both the presidential and US Senate races are close in Nevada. Experts say races like Ms Cortez Masto's will ride on turnout - the majority of which is expected to come during the state's two-week early voting period.



From Belfast Telegraph