Election 2012: Obama campaign using voter registration to win North Carolina
Romney is hoping millions of dollars in television advertisements will convince more voters like Jeffers to side with him. The candidate and his GOP allies have spent more than US$32 million on ads in North Carolina, including US$2 million last week alone.
Obama and Democrats have spent nearly US$18 million on North Carolina advertising. But their rate of weekly spending has slowed, down about half from their peak in the summer. Obama’s campaign is also not running the costly two-minute ad it released Thursday in the state.
Neither candidate has devoted much time on the ground in North Carolina. Romney has made four trips to the state, while Obama has been here three times, including during the Democratic Party’s convention in Charlotte earlier this month. But their running mates and wives have been frequent visitors.
Obama had planned to deliver his acceptance speech at a Charlotte football stadium with seating for 74,000 and use the gathering for voter registration and recruitment. But the outdoor event was canceled, with Democrats blaming the weather and Republicans accusing the president of not being able to draw a capacity crowd.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.