The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Wednesday it is making a major effort in North Carolina because of the alignment of the issues and because of an unprecedented push to get out the vote.
“The people want out of this war and they want some changes in the economy,” Democratic Gov. Mike Easley said in a teleconference arranged by the campaign.
The campaign said it so far has opened 16 offices across the state, spent more than $2 million in TV ads and registered thousands of new voters.
The campaign seemed to be reaching out to blue collar workers, who tended to vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state's May primary.
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The campaign said it will emphasize rising gas prices, manufacturing jobs lost through unfavorable trade deals and Republican Sen. John McCain's opposition to the Farm Bill.
Campaign officials said they plan to organize every precinct in the state. They said they'll focus on voter registration between now and the Oct. 10 deadline.