Trail Mix

What some of the candidates are doing in Charlotte the day before the election.


Sen. Barack Obama makes his eighth and final stop in North Carolina today, returning to Charlotte as part of a barnstorming tour the day before the election. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the “Change We Need” rally at Hayes Recreation Fields at UNC Charlotte; the program begins at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required. On-site parking is limited. Free parking with shuttle service will be available at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. Shuttles will begin at 1 p.m.

For security reasons, bags are not permitted. No signs or banners.

Democratic candidate for governor Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue will visit the United House of Prayer for All People for a meet-and-greet at 11:30 a.m. today. The event is open to the public. The church is at 2321 Beatties Ford Road.

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The Mecklenburg County Republican Party will hold an election-eve “Rally Our Candidates to Victory” event from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. today at J.M. Robinson Middle School, 5925 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, and lieutenant governor candidate Robert Pittenger will attend. The rally costs $5 per person, $15 per family; children under 5 get in free. Admission includes a barbecue buffet and music. Tickets are available at the door or at Mecklenburg GOP headquarters, 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 213.

Sen. Elizabeth Dole starts her pre-election, all-day fly-around today in Charlotte. The incumbent Republican candidate for U.S. Senate will make five stops after taking off in Charlotte around 9 a.m.: Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Greenville and Wilmington. She ends the day at 6:15, again in Charlotte – for the Mecklenburg County Republican Party rally.

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In other news

The government is investigating whether any laws were broken in the disclosure that Barack Obama's half-aunt was living in the country illegally.

Zeituni Onyango, who is from Kenya, was ordered to leave the United States years ago after an immigration judge denied her request for asylum, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss the case.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked its inspector general and the Office of Professional Responsibility on Saturday to investigate whether any policies were violated when information about Onyango's case was publicly disclosed, ICE spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said.

Obama's campaign strategist David Axelrod said people are suspicious about stories that surface so close to an election.

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