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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — President Barack Obama’s visit to North Carolina is expected to focus on ways to improve a national economy that’s recovering but not humming along.

But his speech scheduled for Wednesday at North Carolina State University also could signal to voters he’s not forgotten them in a state whose policies have moved to the right recently.

Obama has visited North Carolina more than a dozen times since becoming president, including his acceptance of the Democratic nomination in 2012 in Charlotte. But North Carolina’s electoral votes narrowly went to Mitt Romney that November.

The president won’t be on the ballot again, but other Democrats will be this November, including Sen. Kay Hagan. She doesn’t plan to attend the speech- a decision Republicans have pounced upon this week.

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