Former Rep. Robin Hayes, now chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, is preparing for another onslaught by the Obama campaign in the Tar Heel State. The Democratic National Convention is taking place in Charlotte, and North Carolina was home to one of the president’s most successful turnout efforts in 2008. Obama outperformed the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry (Mass.), by more than 600,000 votes, becoming the first Democrat to carry North Carolina since 1976.
While the North Carolina GOP — like many state parties — is planning its own ground-game activities, Hayes acknowledged that victory will require the assistance of a capable RNC.
“We are absolutely sure that President Obama and the various special interests and labor unions and the whole crowd are going to throw everything and the kitchen sink at us,” Hayes said. “We are preparing on every front.”