Obama returning to NC on eve of election

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is returning to North Carolina on the eve of Election Day, punctuating his effort to become the first party winner here in more than three decades.

Obama's campaign said Friday he plans to visit the Charlotte area on Monday. Details haven't been released.

Obama has visited North Carolina eight times during the campaign, trying to swing the state that has reliably voted for Republicans in White House races. He held a campaign event in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday.

The Illinois senator has been able to capitalize on changing demographics, thousands of new voters and a large bloc of blacks to put his campaign within reach of victory. An Associated Press-GfK poll this week showed the race too close to call.

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

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