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Presidential race tightens

A poll of 500 likely voters shows Republican John McCain with a 3-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama. A poll of 500 likely voters shows Republican John McCain with a 3-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A new poll confirms the presidential race is tightening in North Carolina. 

A new Rasmussen poll of 500 likely voters shows Republican John McCain with a 3-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama.  McCain leads 50 to 47.

Barack Obama, thinking the state is in play, brought his campaign to Charlotte Sunday.  An estimated 30,000 people saw him speak here in Center City.  All of those people had to register with the campaign just to get into the area to see Obama.

Meanwhile, McCain supporters worked the phones in South Charlotte on Monday.

While they admit Sunday was a good day for local Democrats, Republicans are still working the voters.  At local headquarters, they've sold out of almost everything that says McCain-Palin.

It's also likely at least McCain or Palin will make a visit to North Carolina.

Change is the key word in terms of what people want and our changing electorate.

A Republican presidential candidate hasn't lost in North Carolina in 30 years, but look at how much our state's population has changed.

It's one of the fastest growing with people moving here from all over the country with different backgrounds.

As one political scientist told WBTV, be careful with all these polls because what people tell pollsters and how they vote in the booth can be two different things.

Race will be a factor for some people.

WBTV's Sharon Smith explains more in this report.

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