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No Tickets Left for Obama Event in Charlotte

Posted March 16, 2008 4:57 p.m. EDT
Updated March 17, 2008 2:26 p.m. EDT

— U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will rally supporters in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon, his campaign announced Monday.

All tickets to the event at the Grady Cole Center had been distributed by Monday afternoon through Obama's Web site.

The Illinois senator will also bring his Democratic presidential campaign to Fayetteville the same day. Details about that appearance have not yet been released.

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's press office said the New York senator also plans to campaign in North Carolina, but no date has been set.

Obama and Clinton have also been invited to hold a nationally televised debate in the state next month.

Debate host CBS News said Obama has accepted. The network was awaiting word on whether Clinton would participate.

"CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric and political correspondent and "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer will moderate the April 19 debate if she agrees. Its location has yet to be determined.

The fight for delegates between Obama and Clinton has made state's primary a crucial stop in the 2008 presidential campaign. North Carolina and Indiana have primaries on May 6, two weeks after Pennsylvania.

Typically, by the time the state's primary rolls around, the front-runners are a foregone conclusion.

This year, though, the tight race between Clinton and Obama for the Democratic nomination could keep either from holding a majority of delegates before the North Carolina primary.

If so, the state's 134 Democratic delegates could make a difference for the first time since 1988, when North Carolina participated in the first  "Super Tuesday."

Stay with WRAL and WRAL.com for more on Obama's visit as details become available.