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Dole, Hagan race across state in final day of campaign

Posted November 3, 2008

— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Democratic challenger Kay Hagan entered the last full day of campaigning Monday, moving throughout the state in an effort to secure a victory on Election Day.

Dole scheduled seven stops on an airplane flight around the state Monday, beginning and ending in Charlotte at a middle-school rally with Republican gubernatorial candidate Mayor Pat McCrory.

Meanwhile, Hagan, a state senator from Greensboro, met with voters at several morning events in Wilmington, New Bern and Goldsboro before heading to Charlotte to join Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

Both candidates remained confident despite poll numbers last week that put the two candidates in a tight race.

A WRAL News poll released Wednesday showed Dole holds a 46 to 42 percent lead, with 9 percent of voters still undecided. A Rasmeusen poll showed Hagan has a 52 to 46 percent lead. And a third poll by The Associated Press-Gfk showed Hagan slightly ahead of Dole.

But Hagan, a state senator from Greensboro, said "the biggest poll" comes Tuesday night, and she expects to to talk with voters about the issues with 20 scheduled stops at voting sites across the state Tuesday.

"I'm ready to go to Washington to represent the people of North Carolina," Hagan said at a stop at Wilber's Barbecue in Goldsboro Monday.

The one-term Republican Dole is trying to avoid getting swept up in a potential Democratic string of Senate victories on Tuesday.

Hagan has said Dole is too closely aligned with President Bush and has sided with special interests during her six years on Capitol Hill.

At a stop at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Monday, Dole focused her priorities for the state, which include a strong economy, low taxes, funded roads and bridges and immigration.

She has also accused Hagan of being wobbly on the most important issues of the day, including Iraq and the banking bailout.

Dole said if Hagan is elected "she'll be Harry Reid's pocket as soon as she gets there," a reference to the Democratic Senate majority leader.

She has also questioned ties that she said Hagan has to Godless Americans Political Action Committee, because she went to a fundraiser at the home of a Boston man who serves as an adviser to the atheist advocacy group.

Last week, Hagan sued Dole over an ad questioning why she went to the event. Hagan accuses her of defamation and libel and says the spot is an attack on her Christian faith.

Dole said Monday she has no request about the ad and has said it doesn't question Hagan's faith, only her agenda and associations.

The event was not billed as a Godless Americans event, and other hosts included an ambassador and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee.


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  • Weetie Nov 4, 2008

    Goodbye Dole! :) No matter who wins, we will not miss YOU!

  • haggis basher Nov 4, 2008

    "I still want to know about the Godless America stuff. She has never addressed why she went."
    What don't you know? The event was not sponsored by the "Godless Americans PAC", it was attended by 40 plus others and and hosted by an advisor to the PAC. It was not secret and finally at least 14% of Americans are Athiests and that number is rising (larger that the African American Vote) so a candidate that neglects them or like Dole insults them does so at their peril.

  • Objective Scientist Nov 3, 2008

    This race presents a conundrum to some degree. Over the months of the campaign both candidates have run some ads that were downright juvenile and blatantly "silly" (and Dole and Hagen are NOT alone!) The latest, the "Godless" ads being run by Dole, begs the question of Hagen. Explanation? Other than clearly stating that she does believe in God and citing evidence to support that notion, which seems strong and irrefutable, how did she happen to attend a function sponsored by the "Godless" group? Bob Dole is correct... why not simply answer the question? What is the full explanation? I'd like to hear it. Nevertheless, in particular the first "Godless" ad run by Dole in which a voice appearing to be Hagen's (but which was NOT) stating "There is no God"... appears to have a clear malicious intent to deceive! Only after a clear negative reaction did Dole run another ad explaining that she did not question Hagen's "faith". Sure could not tell that from the first ad. (NOTE: I am INDPENDENT).

  • geosol Nov 3, 2008

    Bye, bye Dole!! Sleaziest campaign in NC history, and that's saying a lot. When she loses, we can point to her "Godless" ads as one of the main reasons for her loss. What a great country!!!!!

  • Chatham Adam Nov 3, 2008

    If Dole wins, she'll be a pariah in the US Senate because of her latest, shameful commercial. If she wins, she and we will long for the day when when North Carolina's senior senator was as high as 93rd in effectiveness out of 100 senators.

    Enjoy those beautiful Kansas sunsets next year, Liddy!

  • davidgnews Nov 3, 2008

    Hopefully Liddy will be reduced to making coffee for her husband's lobbyist law firm tomorrow.

  • x Nov 3, 2008

    This contest will be a test of the NC voters to see who can make educated decisions and vote the candidate that has earned the right to represent us in the Senate. I voted early and I am proud to say I voted across party lines in in the senate race and I even voted for a few libertarian candidates in other contests. When I see incumbent candidates drop down to the desparation tactics like Elizabeth Dole has done, it only confirms that she is in this race for her own ego rather than the constituency she claims to represent. From what I read on this board, it seems the majority feel the same way.

  • dlentz2 Nov 3, 2008

    I still want to know about the Godless America stuff. She has never addressed why she went. She just keeps whining about Dole making it public.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Nov 3, 2008

    I just cleaned 8 peices of anti-Hagan krap out of my mail box. Geesh! That alone is enough to make me vote anti-Dole. What a waste of trees and effort. I guess if you haven't got anything good to say about yourself, the last act of desperation is to bash your opponent. BAD MOVE LIZZY

  • haggis basher Nov 3, 2008

    "haggis basher- Dear, all I can say to you is good luck, VOTE, and I will pray for you."
    Maybe one day when I become a citizen. For now I'm just a concerned member of the former Colonial Power that pays his Taxs :)
    Pray if you like, but what I've noticed is that the Lord , if he exists, only helps those you help themselves...the rest have to reply on chance.