Election 2012
9:05 am
Mon November 5, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama Campaigns In Charlotte

Michelle Obama will be visiting Charlotte on Monday, the day before polls open nationwide.
Michelle Obama will be visiting Charlotte on Monday, the day before polls open nationwide.
Credit Lisa Angelo for Obama for America

Last weekend, volunteers for both campaigns knocked on doors and called voters to get them to head to the polls. There were also some big names in the area – at least for President Barack Obama.

On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill Biden, spent the morning in Asheville before heading to Huntersville.

On Sunday, President Bill Clinton rallied voters in Raleigh and on Monday, first lady Michelle Obama will be visiting Charlotte in the afternoon. She will be joined by Grammy award-winning artist Mariah Carey and NBA player Derek Fisher. The event will be held at Flight Operations at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 4620 First Flight Drive. 

Meanwhile, the North Carolina GOP seemed to have a surrogate-free weekend.  Eric Heberlig is an associate professor of political science at UNC-Charlotte.

"It may be that the surrogates are there for Obama's last efforts to try to win the state or Romney's people think that they have it already," Heberlig says. "Or that having a few more spokespeople here wouldn't be enough for them."

Heberlig says that there is the reassurance that this time around the GOP invested money in North Carolina –  Senator John McCain didn't do that in 2008 and ended up losing a traditionally red state. 

During the Democratic National Convention, the final day's activities were moved from the Bank of America Stadium to Time Warner Cable Arena.

The smaller size of Time Warner Cable Arena left a lot of volunteers and locals who had tickets to the event without seats to the final event.  

DNC organizers said they would work with the campaign to ensure that those who were displaced "are invited to see the president between now and election day.” But the president's schedule doesn't show a stop in North Carolina.

Neither President Barack Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney announced plans to spend any time in North Carolina before Election Day.