Are President Obama, Gov. Romney avoiding area?

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
October 8, 2012 8:25:15 PM PDT
With a month until Election Day, some people are wondering where the presidential candidates are? Neither President Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has visited the Triangle area in months.

It's been two months since Romney barnstormed through Mooresville and High Point. With news of a Romney campaign stop in Asheville on Thursday, ABC11 asked the Romney camp why their candidate is not coming the Triangle.

"I hope we can get here to the Triangle, but I'm sure there were a lot of people from the Triangle that made the trip over to High Point a couple weeks back when Gov. Romney was there," said Romney North Carolina Communications Director Robert Reid.

Triangle voters make up the biggest media market in the state. However, since the general election campaign hit full gear, neither Romney nor President Obama has visited this critical part of North Carolina electorate.

The most recent polls of North Carolina voters show it's a dead heat, but Romney is riding a wave of momentum after last week's presidential debate. He's hoping his visit to North Carolina Thursday helps break the race open.

"As they get to see him more up front and more unfiltered, I think people understand he's a bold leader," said Reid.

In Raleigh, President Obama's campaign offices bustled Monday night. It's been six months since the president's last visit to the Triangle. His campaign is banking on its massive get out the vote operation to give the president the edge here.

"We have 400 neighborhood teams across the state, 54 offices here in North Carolina," said Obama North Carolina Press Secretary Cameron French. "We believe we have the grass roots organization to really get the job done on the ground as voters are continuing to make up their minds."

The president's North Carolina team insists he'll make a campaign stop in the state before the election. They pointed to his Charlotte nominating convention as proof of his commitment to winning here.

"We just had the president here most recently for the Democratic National Convention as well as we've been welcoming several other surrogates into the state including the vice president last week and the first lady the week before that," said French.

The Obama campaign said their candidate has visited North Carolina 14 times since taking office.

Along with Romney's Asheville visit Thursday, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham will be in Cary and Fayetteville stumping for Romney Tuesday.

And Speaker of the House John Boehner makes his case for Romney in Charlotte and Raleigh on Friday and Saturday.

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