Easley talks up Obama strategy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Barack Obama's presidential campaign says it's spent at least $2 million on television ads in North Carolina in its attempt to win the state in November.

Obama state campaign director Marc Farinella confirmed the amount Wednesday. He joined the campaign's national political director and Gov. Mike Easley in a conference call to talk about Obama's strategy.

A Democrat hasn't won North Carolina's electoral votes since 1976. But Obama has identified the North Carolina as one of 18 battleground states where it's spending money on TV advertising early in the general election campaign.

Easley said Obama will win because he understands the interconnection between education and a strong economy and Republican John McCain doesn't.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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