Barack Obama kicked off his General Election campaign in North Carolina and will begin running his first general election ad in the state beginning Friday, June 20th. North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia, North Dakota and Montana are among the list of GOP stronghold states in which the ad is set to run in addition to airing in traditional battleground states.
The ad which will run in 18 states, clearly aims to emphasize Obama's humble roots, work ethic and love of country.
"I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents. We didn't have much money, but they taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland where they grew up. Accountability and self-reliance. Love of country. Working hard without making excuses."
Recent polls are showing North Carolina to be in play and the Obama campaign is taking this seriously, a move which could help boost Democratic turnout for downticket candidates. Voter registration and turnout for the North Carolina Democratic Primary set new records, with more than two million voters having cast ballots.
The release of the ad comes in conjunction with Obama's announcement that he will refuse public financing, giving him a tremendous financial edge over McCain. Obama raised around 270 million during the primary, a great deal of which came from small donors, compared to McCain's 90 million. Unlike Obama, McCain accepts federal lobbyist donations and has recieved over a million dollars from the gas and oil industry alone.
North Carolina Republicans are certain to be given a run for their money this fall.