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GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin campaigns Sunday in Asheville. Her 4 p.m. rally is at the Civic Center. Country music singer Gretchen Wilson will perform.

Presidential candidate John McCain will be in Fayetteville's Crown Center at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Country music singer Hank Williams Jr. will perform. Gates open at 2. Tickets are available at www.johnmccain.com. Staff and wire reports

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden returns on Monday at the Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. Gates open at 9 a.m. Event begins at 10 a.m. It's free and open to the public. RSVP to www.nc.barackobama.com.

President Bush, who has been rarely seen on the campaign trail, cast his ballot for John McCain. In past elections, the president and first lady Laura Bush have traveled to Texas to vote, but the White House said Friday they cast their ballots in the early voting process. Associated Press

Longtime N.C. Democratic consultant Gary Pearce is skeptical about Barack Obama's chances in the state. Pearce says that he's not ready to color the state blue. “Admittedly, all the battle scars I've accumulated over 32 years in politics still makes me skeptical about Democratic chances here this year,” Pearce wrote on his blog Friday. His reason: History. “Seven times in a row, going back to 1980, the Democratic presidential candidate has lost North Carolina,” he writes. “They can't get more than 42 percent of the vote.” (Raleigh) News & Observer

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