Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton visits KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The race for president stops in Kansas City Thursday as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton plans to speak downtown during the National Baptist Convention.

Clinton's speech is not open to the public, but the thousands of people attending the convention will get a chance to learn more about her plans for America as she tries to gain the support of the African-American community.

Organizers of the National Baptist Convention say it is the nation’s oldest and largest African-American religious organization.

The last time the convention visited Kansas City was six years ago, in 2010.

The message the group is trying to get out to their congregation is to be politically active and vote, and organizers are encouraging churches to host voter registration drives to get more African-Americans involved in the political process.

In Missouri, the deadline to register to vote is October 12, in Kansas, it’s October 18.

Clinton is expected to arrive in Kansas City Thursday afternoon and will take the stage at Bartle Hall around 5 p.m.

She has been under fire lately for her connections to the Clinton Foundation along with possible security leaks from her private servers while serving as Secretary of State.

The latest CNN poll shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pulling ahead of Clinton as we near the general election on November 8.

And with it being a close contest, Missouri could prove to be a key swing state, which is another reason why Clinton’s visit to Kansas City is so important.