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Busy political weekend ahead for candidates in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A busy weekend of campaigning is ahead for candidates at the top of the ballot in North Carolina.

Civil rights legend the Rev. Jesse Jackson visits university campuses in Durham and Chapel Hill on Friday to campaign for President Barack Obama.

Grammy award-winning artist Alicia Keys on Friday promotes early voting efforts at rallies in Greensboro and Raleigh.

Vice President Joe Biden's wife and son are in western North Carolina on Sunday. Jill Biden and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden campaign in Huntersville and Asheville.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returns to North Carolina on behalf of Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory for an evening of barbecue and bluegrass that also will feature dozens of GOP officials and candidates.

McCrory, Christie and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr were headlining the Friday evening barbecue at a tobacco warehouse in Smithfield. Thousands were expected to attend the free dinner, although the Johnston County Republican Party planned to take donations at the door. More than 4,000 attended a similar event in 2010.

Christie has visited North Carolina for McCrory's bid for governor twice before, most recently in September.

Copyright 2012 WECT. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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