Local Politics

N.C. Basks in Political Attention

Posted April 24, 2008 9:25 p.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2008 4:18 p.m. EDT

— Barack Obama was the first of three key political figures to speak to North Carolina voters Monday. He spent 90 minutes taking questions from an audience in Wilmington in the first of three appearances.

The sitting vice president will represent the GOP in Raleigh tonight, speaking at a private fundraiser in North Raleigh. Dick Cheney is expected to fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport this afternoon and leave immediately after his speech.

Members of the Clinton family are also on the trail in the Tar Heel state. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had planned events in Graham, Salisbury and at Troutman’s BBQ in Concord before a rally Monday night in Charlotte.

Daughter Chelsea Clinton was to tour the Greensboro Children’s Museum in the morning, and visit Freedom Park in Charlotte in the afternoon.

Former president Bill Clinton will stump in Boone, Wilkesboro, Elkin and Mt. Airy on Tuesday, then appear in Apex, Sanford, Lillington, Dunn, Hope Mills, Lumberton and Whiteville on Wednesday.

Obama town hall meeting in Wilmington is the first of three stops he'll make today, his campaign said.

The Illinois senator was due to speak in Wilson at 6 p.m. and to wrap up the evening at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill at 9:30 p.m.

The candidates are stumping for the 115 delegates North Carolina has up for grabs in its May 6 primary.