Republican strategist Karl Rove visits Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -- The Mecklenburg GOP called in a heavy-hitter to drum up support for the local party. Karl Rove headlined what's being called their most successful fundraiser Saturday night.

Rove spoke to hundreds of party faithful at the Westin Hotel in Center City.

Rove served as Senior Advisor to former President George W. Bush, and is a considered a lead strategist for the party.

President Barack Obama narrowly won North Carolina in the 2008 election, Rove said Republicans must work to put the state back in their column.

"He's got to be considered a slight favorite, but he's going to have a tough race on his hands. Republicans can't take it for granted, and neither can he," said Rove about the President.

His presence in Charlotte comes weeks after the Queen City won the Democratic National Convention. The Convention will put a national spotlight on Charlotte and, perhaps, help Democrats hold on to the swing state.

Rove said he's not worried that just because the Convention is here, that means the state will lean toward the Democrats.

He also said he would like to see former Mayor Pat McCrory run again for Governor.

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