NC campaigns focused on voters at early vote's end
The final day of in-person early voting in North Carolina will bring out thousands to work the polls and support candidates for president and governor on down to county commission.
The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will be the most active Saturday as early voting ends in the afternoon. Obama's campaign organization says its volunteers will host more than 1,200 events statewide this weekend. The Romney-led North Carolina GOP operation is focusing on making personal contacts with voters.
Candidates for governor Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory were expected to campaign Down East. McCrory will attend the East Carolina University football game tailgate and Dalton will be in Greenville, Wilson and Goldsboro.
More than 2.2 million people have already voted early in person.
The number of people casting ballots at early-voting places has now exceeded 2 million in North Carolina.
The State Board of Elections reported late Thursday afternoon that in-person early-voting had surpassed the mark. More than 2.2 million votes have been cast when traditional absentee ballots and those living or stationed overseas are added.
In 2008, more than 2.4 million people voted early in person and 2.6 million when all non-Election Day voting was counted - both records.
In-person early voting began Oct. 18 and ends Saturday afternoon. Mail-in absentee ballots must be turned in to local elections boards by Monday or postmarked by Tuesday.
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