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N.C. State grad Gibbs as press secretary?

Speculation flew Thursday that N.C. State grad Robert Gibbs will be President-elect Obama's White House press secretary. He wouldn't be the last person with Carolinas ties to join the new administration.

As Obama continues to collect resumes, some current or former Carolinians may be on his list.

During the last Democratic administration, President Clinton looked to the Carolinas for his first education secretary, former S.C. Gov. Dick Riley, and the man who would become his chief of staff, former Charlotte businessman Erskine Bowles, now president of the UNC system.

Some Carolinas Democrats were with Obama from the beginning. Others lent their support after first backing Hillary Clinton or John Edwards.

“The reality is because Edwards had locked up so much of the political establishment here early on, North Carolinians were sort of late in the game,” said Democratic consultant Morgan Jackson of Raleigh.

A look at some who might be considered by Obama. 6A

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