The Republican Party brought its campaign to the port city this morning. It was the first stop on the "Victory 2008" bus tour, which is making visits across the state. The event was headlined by Senator Elizabeth Dole. It was also aimed at increasing support for John Mccain's presidential campaign, especially among women voters. Dole said the addition of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the ticket has been a big boost. "She's a person who has experience both as mayor, where people are knocking on your door and bringing all their problems and you're dealing with a whole array of issues on a local basis that just prepare you for a lot more. And then also as Governor, she's the commander-in-chief of the national guard." said Dole speaking of Palin. Dole will be back in Wilmington October 24th to take part in a candidate’s forum co-sponsored by WWAY. Her opponent, democratic state senator Kay Hagan will not take part in that forum. A spokesperson said Hagan has other plans that day, but will campaign in Wilmington September 26th.
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