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Elizabeth Dole Continues County-By-County Campaign Across N.C.

Posted October 22, 2001 9:01 a.m. EDT

— A woman who wants to replace Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate made an appearance in Raleigh over the weekend.

Elizabeth Dole surprised many when she attended the State Fair Sunday afternoon. Admirers stopped to shake hands, take snapshots and ask for autographs.

"She's such a powerful woman, I think, very outspoken. It means a lot coming from North Carolina," said voter Winkoka Morgan.

Betty Jo Shepheard is one of more than 20,000 volunteers the Dole campaign has already recruited.

"It just kind of motivated me because it gives me that special push," she said. "I'm ready to start working for her to get her elected. She's a wonderful candidate."

The Salisbury native, who is running a county-by-county campaign, says the topic of coversation is the same wherever she goes -- the events of Sept 11.

"There's not so much discussion of other issues right now because people are so focused on what's happening and all aspects of our fight against the terrorists," she says.

Dole says Americans should move on with their lives to show they are not afraid. Her tour of North Carolina will take her to Mama Dip's restaurant in Chapel Hill Monday afternoon, and then on to Burlington.