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Battleground state faces a busy week

By Jim Morrill
jmorrill@charlotteobserver.com

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  • Here's what it means to be a battleground state in the national election: Visits to North Carolina by three candidates over the next three days.

    TODAY: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attends an evening rally at the Asheville Civic Center.

    MONDAY: Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden stumps in Greenville and Greensboro.

    Tuesday: Republican presidential candidate John McCain will speak at an afternoon rally in Fayetteville.

    Jim Morrill



Democrat Barack Obama's campaign announced Saturday night that he'll return to the Tar Heel State Wednesday, one day after a visit by Republican John McCain.

Need more proof that North Carolina, entering the campaign's final days, is a battleground state?

Their respective running mates, Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, also are here this week.

Today, Palin appears at an evening rally at the Asheville Civic Center.

On Monday, Biden stumps in Greenville and Greensboro.

Tuesday, McCain will speak at an afternoon rally in Fayetteville.

And on Wednesday, Obama and his wife, Michelle, attend separate events in the state.

Michelle Obama speaks in Fayetteville and Rocky Mount. The location and other details of her husband's appearance have not been announced.

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