McCrory, Dalton in eastern NC as early vote ends

Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory (left to right)

Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory (left to right)

GREENVILLE, N.C. — The major party candidates for governor trolled for support in eastern North Carolina on the final day of early voting in two very different ways.

While Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton visited an early-voting site Saturday morning in Greenville, Republican Pat McCrory was across town attending an East Carolina University football game tailgate party.

The two methods reflected the perception of where the race stood on the campaign’s final weekend. The former Charlotte mayor leads in polls while Dalton is seeking to boost early-vote turnout that appears to benefit Democrats.

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney led early-vote activity Saturday with thousands of volunteers working polls and making personal contacts with voters.

Nearly 2.4 million people had already voted early in person by Saturday morning.

Credit: The Associated Press.