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Biden to hold rallies in three N.C. cities

Posted October 20, 2008 10:48 p.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2008 6:59 p.m. EDT

— Joe Biden, the running mate of Democrat Barack Obama, plans to make solo appearances in three North Carolina cities Thursday, the campaign announced Monday.

The vice-presidential candidate will make his last stop of the day at Meredith College in Raleigh. He will speak at 7 p.m. in McIver Amphitheater, 3800 Hillsborough St.

Tickets are not required for the free event, but officials urged people to RSVP at the campaign's Web site. Doors open at 5 p.m., and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Biden plans to first conduct a rally in Charlotte, followed by a 2:15 p.m. rally on Hearn Plaza at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Details of the Charlotte event have not been announced.

Biden's appearances comes as polls point to a tight race between Obama and his Republican rival John McCain in a state that has quickly become a battleground.

McCain conducted two rallies in North Carolina last week, while Obama made his sixth visit to the Tar Heel state since the May primary. Biden has appeared solo once before in North Carolina, while McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, has spoken before North Carolina crowds twice this month.

The last Democrat that North Carolina voters picked for president was Jimmy Carter in 1976.