October 23rd, 2008
03:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Campaigns fight for North Carolina in surprisingly close race

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) - It is a methodical routine: House by house, Mary Boyd walks to the door and carefully affixes an election guide to the doorknob.

Boyd is a foot soldier of the Mecklenberg County Republican Party, charged with finding - and helping deliver - every available GOP vote.

"And the best way to do that is to take a list of registered Republican households and take a piece of literature and leave it right on their door so that they have easy access to the information," Boyd cheerfully said during her rounds in a Charlotte neighborhood this week.

It is Boyd's third presidential campaign as precinct captain; twice before, she has walked these streets for a ticket led by George W. Bush.

This year is very different.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Committing treason as a POW does not make you a war hero. It makes you a Benedict Arnold. Abandoning your children does not make you a good man. Voting against veterans benefits does not make you patriotic. And making 95% of the people suffer while you give welfare checks to the 5% that don't need it does not make a good policy. And spending $150k to clothe your lipstick wearing pitbull does not make you an animal lover nor an advocate for women!

    I'll take the guy that doesn't have a record of failure....I'll take Obama any day!

    October 23, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Independent in AZ

    Come on swing states!! VOTE OBAMA!!!

    October 23, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Charles Jameson

    I believe the president should tell the American people that we cannot continue to have “guns and butter” forever and some sacrifice is required. When someone promises you all rewards and no sacrifice, think again. Just like when they promise you that they can continue to fight this war, cut taxes for everyone and their rich uncle, and balance the budget within four years, you have to ask yourself whether this makes sense. What are they leaving out?

    We should re-package our philosophy, emphasize the positive, eliminate the negative, warn of the dangers of extremes but do so without always questioning the patriotism of those who hold views that are different from ours.

    One challenge that we will have in the upcoming, tough foreign policy environment is to fend off the challenge from those who are spreading paranoid fantasies of international conspiracies who are driving the world to socialism. You could put a label on a can, but not on me. It seems that, in calling us socialists, Sarah Palin is asking you to follow their wagon blindly. Don’t express any doubts or disagreements about any of their actions, or, you must be a socialist, socialist sympathizer or a fool who has been duped by the socialist line.

    I share, the quest to preserve American democracy and capitalism, but I don’t share the methods that John McCain and Sarah Palin would have us use to preserve it.”

    October 23, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Rusty

    The most telling fact about this race is that the Democrats want a large turnout. The Republicans want to suppress that turnout. The early indications are, we are about to witness a RECORD TURNOUT. Good news for those who believe in Democracy. For those who wish to suppress the vote, you will soon have to go back into the hole you came from. You would be better off climbing a tree though, because you are about to get hit by a huge tidal wave.

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. jm from sc

    Yes, McCain was tested, he spent all that time as a POW and when he came home, he left his wife and family for the dumb blonde who ended up popping pills for pleasure. Living with McCain probably drove her to drugs.

    I voted for Obama earlier this week.

    NC, let's turn the map blue in the Carolinas this year!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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