Katy Perry vis­its UNLV dorms, urges stu­dents to vote Clin­ton

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - By Michelle Rin­dels

LAS VE­GAS >> UNLV stu­dents re­lax­ing in their dorms got an un­ex­pected knock on their doors Satur­day af­ter­noon from Katy Perry, who was roam­ing the halls and drum­ming up sup­port for Hil­lary Clin­ton on the first day of early vot­ing in Ne­vada.

The singer fa­mous for songs like “Teenage Dream” and “Wak­ing up in Ve­gas” was met with squeals and re­quests for self­ies from the stu­dents. She sported bright red lip­stick that matched her high heels and a T-shirt em­bla­zoned with the phrase “Nasty Woman,” which has be­come a ral­ly­ing cry for Clin­ton sup­port­ers af­ter Don­ald Trump ut­tered it dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s pres­i­den­tial de­bate.

“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.”

She en­cour­aged one stu­dent she met who might have to drop out of the school to stay the course, telling her she’d 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 couldn’t buy a bag of chips with­out get­ting an over­draft charge.

Perry fol­lowed up the sur­prise round of can­vass­ing with a short out­door rally on cam­pus along­side Ne­vada Demo­cratic Sen­ate hope­ful Cather­ine Cortez Masto. Perry didn’t sing any of her songs to the crowd of a few hun­dred peo­ple, al­though they blared over the loud­speak­ers while she greeted fans af­ter­ward.

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

Democrats have been parad­ing out a steady stream of stars to build ex­cite­ment for the early vot­ing pe­riod that tends to fa­vor their party. They hosted the Mex­i­can band Los Ti­gres del Norte af­ter Wed­nes­day’s de­bate and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Sun­day.

Satur­day’s stop wasn’t the first time Perry has cam­paigned for Democrats in Ne­vada. She did a rally in Las Ve­gas for Barack Obama in 2012 wear­ing a dress dec­o­rated like a bal­lot.

JOHN LOCHER — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Singer Katy Perry speaks at a rally in sup­port of Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton, Satur­day in Las Ve­gas.

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