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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The final day of in-person early voting in North Carolina brought out thousands to work the polls and support candidates for president and governor on down to county commission.

In the triad, Randolph County extended their voting schedule by two hours until 5 p.m. like other counties.

At the Greensboro Agricultural Center on Burlington Road, voters waited an hour to an hour and a half to cast their vote on the last day of early voting.

Voter Ed Evans had a nearly a two hour wait but said it was worth it on his own time instead of general election day.

"I think early voting helps a lot, it gives people a lot of more freedom and selections," Evans said. " I was just standing line and thinking I can't even seem to even understand how it was all done in one day before early voting."

The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were the most active Saturday as early voting ends in the afternoon. Obama's campaign organization said its volunteers hosted more than 1,200 events statewide this weekend.

The Romney-led North Carolina GOP operation was focusing on making personal contacts with voters.

Candidates for governor Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory were expected to campaign Down East. McCrory will attend the East Carolina University football game tailgate and Dalton will be in Greenville, Wilson and Goldsboro.

More than 2.2 million in people in the state have already voted early in person.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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