Former President Bill Clinton will visit Asheville Friday night to campaign for his wife, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. She’s in a tight battle with Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, and both candidates are gearing up to take the Tar Heel state. North Carolina voters will make their choice in the May 6 primary.
Bill Clinton’s appearance is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at Asheville High School on McDowell Avenue. Details about logistics remain unclear at this point. His appearance is the last announced stop on a North Carolina tour Friday that includes stops in Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis, Gastonia and Hickory. The Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea Clinton, is scheduled to appear in Raleigh on Saturday at a convention of Young Democrats.
Obama spoke in Greensboro earlier this week, and he and Clinton are working out details of a possible debate on April 19 in Raleigh, to be moderated by CBS.
Hillary Clinton and Obama are vying for 134 delegates in North Carolina. The delegate count now shows Obama with 1,629 delegates to Clinton’s 1,497 delegates. A total of 2,025 delegates are required to win the nomination.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor