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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The new North Carolina Republican Party chairman says he welcomes Democrats to Charlotte for their national convention next year.

But GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said Tuesday that won’t be enough for President Obama to again win the state’s 15 electoral votes.

Hayes says the GOP looks forward to Charlotte taking the spotlight when the Democratic convention arrives in September 2012. He says Democrats will have to answer for what he called “their misguided policies” on spending and government.

Obama edged Republican John McCain in 2008 by about 14,000 votes among more than 4.3 million votes cast to put the state’s electoral votes in the Democratic column for the first time since 1976.

Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue will be up for re-election next year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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