UNITE HERE!, There: Battleground North Carolina
My good friend Elana Levin is in on the ground in North Carolina with UNITE HERE. Elana and her colleagues in the Change to Win coalition are working hard to close the deal for Barack Obama in this unlikeliest of battleground states:
Never in a million years did I think I’d be spending Election Day 08 in North Carolina with the state a tossup. Though UNITE HERE has deep roots in the state, North Carolina has some of the lowest union density in the country. Yet here I am in North Carolina, "embedded" in an enormous mobilization of union members who are volunteering for Barack Obama, Kay Hagan, Larry Kissell, Bev Perdue and other Democratic candidates. With the Presidential candidates running neck-and-neck here for the first time since Carter, there is nowhere else I’d rather be.
We’ll be checking in with Elana throughout the day. Please help by digging and recommending her diary.
This election is historic in a lot of ways, including the role of organized labor. North Carolina has not historically been heavily unionized state, but Change to Win is making big inroads for Obama here and strengthening alliances with Democratic politicians like Kay Hagan.