Clintons Aim for Suburban Voters in NC

Bill carves rural niche, where 'it doesn't get complicated'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 8:14 PM CDT
While a Secret Service agent holds onto his waist, former President Bill Clinton stretches over a porch rail and shakes hands with well-wishers during a campaign stop.   (AP Photo/The News Herald,Jennifer Frew)
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(Newser) – Urbanites in North Carolina prefer Barack Obama, while rural voters side with Hillary Clinton—which is why she spent all weekend trying to sway mixed regions like small cities and far-out suburbs. Obama, meanwhile, is counting on a hidden strength with country folk and his far-reaching publicity machine to win tomorrow's primary, the Charlotte Observer reports

For his part, Bill Clinton is carving a niche as "ambassador to small-town America,” and has given 20 North Carolina and Indiana counties their first presidential visit, the Washington Post reports.  "It doesn't get complicated in places like this," a Clinton organizer said. "They're flattered to see him. Everybody goes home happy."