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N.C. magnet for presidential candidates

Posted May 4, 2008

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— All of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates want to make sure they aren't forgotten by North Carolina voters.

While Sen. John McCain has secured the Republican nomination, Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are in an increasingly tight fight for North Carolina's 115 pledged delegates. Obama's once-commanding lead in the state has shrunk into the single digits.

Clinton's daughter and husband campaigned for her on Sunday.

Chelsea Clinton attended church services and then a Lumbee Powwow at the Lumberton Farmer's Market, 1027 U.S. Highway 74 East at 12:30 p.m. She led a campaign event in Clinton at 3:15 p.m. at the Gazebo at the Shield House Inn, 216 Sampson St.

Her day ended with a meal and meet-and-greet with voters at the Mellow Mushroom, 601 W. Peace St., in Raleigh at 6:15 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton began a 15-city tour on Sunday, first stopping in western and Piedmont towns.

On Monday, Clinton herself will be wooing voters, with visits to Greenville and High Point, while her husband swings by the Triangle and eastern North Carolina.

Meanwhile, Obama's wife, Michelle, will work to keep her husband on voters' minds with speeches in Fayetteville and Charlotte on Monday. She will speak in Fayetteville State University's Felton J. Capel Arena, 1200 Murchison Rd. in Fayetteville, at 1:45 p.m. and at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. in Charlotte, at 4 p.m.

Obama is scheduled to have an economic discussion with workers in Durham at 12:45 p.m. Monday at 4600 Silicon Dr.

McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, will keep up his profile with two visits before Tuesday's primary, which he is expected to carry handily against rival Ron Paul.

McCain will speak at a meeting of Charlotte's chamber of commerce in the McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., at 4 p.m. Monday. He will travel to Winston-Salem to make a speech in Wake Forest University's Wait Chapel at 10 a.m. the day of the primary.

Bill Clinton's tour on Monday will begin with morning visits to Elizabeth City, New Bern and Jacksonville and continue with afternoon rallies in Smithfield, Louisburg and Zebulon.

He will appear at 206 Hancock St. in Smithfield at 1:30 p.m., 304 N. Arendall Ave. in Zebulon at 3 p.m., and 307 North Main St. in Louisburg at 4:30 p.m.

The former president will speak at Henderson's H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library, 205 Breckenridge St., at 6 p.m. and at Roxboro's Person High School, 1010 Ridge Rd., at 8 p.m.

Bill Clinton will finish with a rally at his wife's Raleigh campaign headquarters, 516 N. West St., at 10 p.m.

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