Former President Bill Clinton never won the state of North Carolina in his two attempts, but Barack Obama did in 2008. This year, North Carolina is a close race with most pundits calling it, but some others still holding that NC will remain blue for only the second time since 1976. Early voting numbers are up from 2008, with over 2.7 million North Carolinians voting, so anything is possible and expect a huge turnout on Tuesday.
Despite Clinton never winning North Carolina, the former president stopped into Raleigh's Pullen Park on a chilly Sunday afternoon to help spread President Barack Obama's reelection message.. Over 4,000 folks attended the rally at the newly renovated park, which was the perfect backdrop for a political speech. Clinton's voice was noticably hoarse during his speech and a few of the folks I talked to mentioned not being able to hear him. After a grueling campaign, it's no wonder Clinton's voice is gone, especially considering he talked for almost 45 minutes on Sunday.
Check out our photo gallery of Clinton's speech. In the crowd for the speech were all of NC's Democratic political notables, including Governor Beverly Perdue, former Governor Hunt (who introduced Clinton), Senator Kay Hagan, Gubernatorial hopeful Walter Dalton, Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane and more.
Other speakers on Sunday included State Senator Dan Blue, Lt. Governor Water Dalton, Obama Frield Organizer Jason Fishkin, Senator Kay Hagan and Former Governor Jim Hunt.