Election news in the Carolinas

Huckabee: ‘Game on' in N.C. race

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee fired up GOP volunteers at a get-out-the-vote rally for the presidential race.

“This race is very much a ‘game on' situation,” he said.

Polls show Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama tied for the state's 15 electoral votes.

A few hundred people crammed into the basement of state GOP headquarters to see one of the candidates who sought the party's nomination this year.

Huckabee drew applause for anti-abortion and gun-rights positions. He compared Obama's tax plan to welfare.

“None of us is interested in hurting poor people,” he said. “You do not create jobs by taxing the people who provide them.”

Obama has said his tax plan would raise taxes on people who make more than $250,000 a year, while people making less than that would see no change or receive a tax cut.

(Raleigh) News & Observer

Mailer rips Dole for backing Social Security plan in 2002

A new mailer criticizes U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., on Social Security.

A group called Majority Action sent the mailer to N.C. voters criticizing a plan Dole backed in 2002 to allow young workers to invest a portion of their Social Security contributions in personal savings accounts.

“Elizabeth Dole's plan to privatize our Social Security and invest it in the stock market is a real gamble these days,” it says.

The mailer shows dice with the Social Security logo on them and a newspaper page on a day the stock market plunged.

(Raleigh) News & Observer

Munger to cross the state to keep Libertarians on ballot

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger is planning a marathon campaign swing before Election Day. The Duke University professor will visit nearly 20 cities and towns this weekend as he campaigns along U.S. 64, from Murphy in the mountains to Manteo at the coast. If Munger wins at least 2 percent of the vote, the Libertarian Party automatically remains on state ballots through 2012.

(Raleigh) News & Observer

Dole lines up Burr, Kemp for 5-county road trip today

Elizabeth Dole will campaign today with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and former GOP vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp in the following counties: Wilkes, Watauga, Caldwell, Alexander and Catawba. The schedule includes rallies at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro at 9 a.m.; the Golden Corral parking lot in Boone at 11 a.m.; downtown Lenoir at 1:30 p.m.; Alexander County GOP headquarters in Taylorsville at 3 p.m.; and the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1385 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd., SE, in Hickory at 5 p.m.

Staff reports