Politics & Government

Obama begins N. Carolina tour aimed at ending GOP's grip

Barack Obama stops in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday, planning to use a populist economic message and a hefty campaign war chest to capture North Carolina's independents, newcomers and Hillary Clinton voters.

With Clinton out of the race, Obama will be starting his first extended trip as the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee. Supporters said his morning appearance at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds will kick off a well-funded test of state Republicans' goal: an eighth straight victory in North Carolina presidential elections.

Obama had raised $264 million by the end of April, and Republican John McCain $115 million by the end of May, The Associated Press reported.

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