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Obama to promote jobs plan in Raleigh visit

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — President Barack Obama is making his second visit since June to North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, this time to promote his $450 billion jobs program.

Obama is set to visit a small business in Apex Wednesday morning before addressing what’s anticipated to be a big crowd at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University.

The visit won’t only serve as a chance to sell the jobs program he unveiled in a speech to Congress last week. North Carolina is likely to be one of the most hotly-contested states in the country during next year’s presidential election.

Obama won the state in 2008, but since then Republicans have gained the advantage, winning control of the General Assembly for the first time in over 100 years.

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

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