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Dole to tap into her own money for race

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole is reaching into her own pocket.

The Salisbury Republican says she is spending some of her own money on her re-election bid, trying to offset millions of dollars in negative spending that have made the Senate race one of the closest in the country.

Dole would not say how much she's pledged. The commitment came recently enough that it won't show up in this week's campaign finance reports.

“You get such a lot coming at you and spending a great deal of time raising money – there just comes a point when you feel like you need to put some skin in the game,” Dole said.

A spokesman said Dole had raised more than $3 million in the quarter ending Sept. 30 but declined to provide a number for cash-on-hand. Democrat Kay Hagan also declined to reveal numbers.

Associated Press

UNC great Smith backs Obama

Dean Smith has endorsed Barack Obama.

The legendary North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach, who previously campaigned for former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, announced in an e-mail to Obama supporters Monday that he was backing the Democratic presidential candidate.

“I have written that when coaching a team, you must be prepared to make changes to meet new challenges and obstacles,” Smith said. “We must be prepared to do the same as a nation.”

He added that Obama is “a patriotic American, a committed Christian” and “a good family man.”

(Raleigh) News & Observer