Republican volunteers working to reach out to Charlotte-area voters got an assist Saturday from their counterparts in South Carolina.
Volunteers from both states worked side-by-side to knock on doors and make phone calls as part of ongoing get-out-the-vote efforts leading to the election.
The Republican events included an afternoon rally held at a GOP office in Charlotte where speakers, such as S.C. congressmen Joe Wilson and Jeff Duncan, talked of the importance of the party winning the presidential race in November.
Wilson was critical of President Barack Obama’s efforts in areas such as job creation, and called on Vice President Joe Biden to explain the administration’s record on jobs during his Tuesday visit to the Queen City.
Duncan, who represents South Carolina’s Third Congressional District, said he thinks a win by the Romney-Ryan ticket could bring a “new day for America.”
The Saturday events were part of ongoing efforts by Republicans in neighboring states to help the GOP win the presidential and other contests in North Carolina this election.
Among the volunteers who came to help were high school seniors from Columbia, who left for Charlotte at 7 a.m. Saturday. “This is our way to help because we can’t vote yet,” said David White, 17.
White helped knock on about 100 doors Saturday with classmates Michael Parks, 17, and Graham Hall, an 18-year-old who will be voting for the first time this year.
Also on Saturday, the Obama campaign held 250 voter outreach events in the Charlotte region and other areas.
In addition, the campaign asked people who sought tickets for Biden’s appearance Tuesday morning at the Fillmore at the N.C. Music Factory to commit to vote and sign up for a volunteer shift, according to an Obama campaign official.
Tickets for the Biden event will be handed out from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Obama campaign offices in Charlotte at 301 E. Ninth St., Suite 160 or 1560 West Blvd., Suite B.