North Carolina's most significant primary in at least 20 years is only hours away.
The polls open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, with a ballot featuring
races for governor, U.S. Senate, statewide executive office and
seats in the Legislature, on county commissions and on the judicial
Barack Obama and rival Hillary Rodham Clinton wrapped up two
weeks of intense campaigning with stops in North Carolina, which
has 115 delegates to award. It's the biggest prize left on the
party's primary election calendar.
Also on the trail today were the candidates seeking to replace
Gov. Mike Easley, who will leave office next year after two terms
The primary is history making almost entirely to the Democratic
presidential contest, which is meaningful in North Carolina for the
first time since 1988. More than 493,000 people have cast votes by
mail or during the state's 21/2-week early voting period.