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Presidential hopefuls return to North Carolina

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are back in North Carolina on the final stretch of their campaigns before Tuesday's primary.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — With five days left before the May 6 primary, Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have each slated another round of campaign visits in the Tar Heel state.

Obama was due in Charlotte Friday at a Get out the Vote rally, and Clinton was on the agenda for similar events in Hendersonville and Greensboro. Clinton's campaign said she would travel to Wake Forest on Saturday.

Both candidates were expected to speak Friday evening to an anticipated crowd of 4,000 at the North Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Raleigh. Democrats announced Friday that they had added another 100 tickets for the dinner itself.

Those tickets were being sold for $25 at the Dorton Arena on the State Fairgrounds. They're available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Michelle Obama was due to speak at Get out the Vote rallies in Durham and Asheville on Friday.

Chelsea Clinton was expected to campaign for her mother in the state Saturday, hosting a forum at Salem College in Winston-Salem and attending a rally in Lexington.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side of the race for the White House, candidate Ron Paul was scheduled to speak on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at Carol Hall, Room 111, at 3:30 p.m. and at Duke University's Reynolds Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

A WRAL News poll released Wednesday showed that Obama's double-digit lead over Clinton among Tar Heel Democrats had dropped to 7 points, with a 5-point margin of error and 9 percent of Democrats undecided.