Going blue gets attention

April 30, 2009 

North Carolina may have been the biggest surprise in the country last November, when it voted, narrowly, for Obama.

The Obama campaign put together a huge statewide organization, registering tens of thousands of voters and helping lift Gov. Beverly Perdue and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, both Democrats, to victory.

Obama has paid a lot of attention to North Carolina since taking office. Both Obama and Michelle Obama have visited the state. Vice President Joe Biden will speak next month at Wake Forest University, his third trip to the state.

On Saturday, the featured speaker at the Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Durham will be Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Obama's choice to be Democratic National Committee chairman.

"It's been tremendous," state Democratic Chairman David Young. "The whole administration and the leadership of the DNC see North Carolina as a battleground state.

"We are going to be in play in 2010 and 2012," he added.

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