84°F
weather icon Clear

Katy Perry visits UNLV dorms, urges students to vote for Hillary Clinton at rally

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.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Celebration brings 5,000 guests to Skye Canyon

The Fourth of July Celebration held at Skye Canyon, a master-planned community in northwest Las Vegas was co-sponsored by Ed Bozarth Chevrolet. Kent Ahrens, general manager and partner of Ed Bozarth Nevada, Councilman Stavros Anthony, MayorPro Tem Michele Fiore and Councilwoman Victoria Seaman welcomed 5,000 guests to the celebration.

Buy car online, get home delivery with Findlay-Joydrive

Car buyers who want to forgo a trip to a dealership completely can now purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle online thanks to a partnership between Findlay Automotive Group and Joydrive. The newly purchased vehicle will be delivered to the customer’s home or place of business.

Findlay VW Henderson hosts event with Las Vegas Lights FC

Findlay Volkswagen Henderson presented Lunch With the Lights that included a meet-and-greet June 6 with pro soccer player Thomas K. Olsen, starting goalie for the Las Vegas Lights FC. The event drew hundreds of fans.

Week in Pictures: April 28-May4

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, Pirate Fest, weather and Canelo vs. Jacobs. Children play inside a hot air balloon provided by Las Vegas Balloon Rides during the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival on Saturday, May 4, […]

Week in Pictures: April 21-April 27

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Golden Knights playoffs, Raiders draft and WBA lightweight championship bout. The Meadows School third baseman Sam Kaplan looks in a high ground ball during fielding practice, he will play at Cornell University next year on Wednesday, April 24, […]

Week in Pictures: April 14-April 20

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Golden Knights playoffs and Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. The Pink Moon, the nickname for April’s full moon, is not pink at all but yellow and sets in the west behind the Raiders Stadium early on Friday, April […]

Week in Pictures: March 17-March 23

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including Vegas Golden Knights, Cesar Chavez Day festival, prep baseball and El Cortez shooting. Brooklyn Ruiz, 10, center, of Redlands, Calif., jumps out of the pool while playing with her cousin, Analyce Lopez, 11, of Redlands, Calif., left, and […]

Week in Pictures: March 10-March 16

Take a look at some eye-catching pictures from Las Vegas Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including the West Coast Conference tournament, the Mountain West tournament and the Pac-12 tournament. The Stanford Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Oregon Ducks during a NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Pac-12 women’s tournament at the […]

Week in Pictures: Jan. 14-20

Take a look at some striking pictures from Review-Journal photographers in the past week, including weather features, a boxing match and the super blood wolf moon. Ronald Holmes plays the alto saxophone on The Strip as dark clouds move in on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. Clouds, rain and snow are expected in […]