First lady Michelle Obama hosts the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award luncheon in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 13, 2012. A District of Columbia police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for the White House and other officials has been moved to administrative duty after he allegedly made threatening comments about Michelle Obama.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

J. Scott Applewhite

First lady Michelle Obama hosts the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award luncheon in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 13, 2012. A District of Columbia police officer who worked as a motorcycle escort for the White House and other officials has been moved to administrative duty after he allegedly made threatening comments about Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

First lady to visit UNC-Chapel Hill

The Associated Press

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CHAPEL HILL — Michelle Obama is returning to North Carolina and speaking at another Triangle-area campus.

President Barack Obama’s campaign announced Friday the first lady will hold a rally Tuesday afternoon at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Obama plans to speak inside Carmichael Arena to encourage college students and other supporters two days before early voting begins in the state. The first lady held a similar rally at the North Carolina Central University gym in Durham last month.

Her speech will begin hours before her husband and Mitt Romney hold their second presidential debate in New York. Romney visited Asheville on Thursday evening just before the vice presidential debate in Kentucky.