Palin will be in Raleigh Saturday

Sarah Palin will be in Raleigh Saturday night. The Republican vice presidential candidate will hold an hourlong event in the capital city, according to Sen. Richard Burr. It will likely be the last event of the presidential campaign in North Carolina. Details on the event are not yet available. Barack Obama is in Raleigh today for a rally at the state government mall. Gates open at 10 a.m. - Staff reports

Joe the Plumber endorsed Republican John McCain for president on Tuesday and agreed that a vote for Democratic candidate Barack Obama would be “a vote for the death of Israel.” Samuel J. Wurzelbacher gained national attention when Obama told him during a campaign stop that he wanted to “spread the wealth around.” In a McCain rally at a flag store, Wurzelbacher said he feared that Obama would turn the United States into a socialist nation. When a McCain supporter asked him if he believed “a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel,” Wurzelbacher replied, “I'll go ahead and agree with you on that.” Obama has said his commitment to Israeli security is “nonnegotiable.” - Associated Press

And Joe the Plumber might be paying off for Sen. John McCain. The Arizona senator scored sharp gains on the pivotal issue of jobs and the economy in the past week, helping him gain a bit on front-runner Sen. Barack Obama and narrow the presidential race as it heads into the final week, according to an Ipsos-McClatchy Poll released Tuesday. The poll found Obama's margin over McCain on the issue of who's stronger on jobs and the economy — by far the top issue in the country — down to 7 points from 16 points in one week. McClatchy Newspapers