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September 29, 2008

Stat of the day

If all politics is local, Democrats believe that Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) is uniquely vulnerable.

Democrats are circulating this report from the Winston-Salem Journal that Dole only spent 13 days in North Carolina in 2006, and only 20 times in her home state in 2005. 

More, from the paper:

Locked in a tight re-election bid, Sen. Elizabeth Dole has become a familiar face in North Carolina this year. She's cheered at ACC basketball games and NASCAR races, met with troops and local sheriffs, and, of course, attended fundraisers and enjoyed plenty of barbecue.

In total, Dole, a Republican, has spent more than three months in North Carolina in 2008. Her frequent travel across North Carolina this year is a departure from previous years, when she spent much less time in the state, a review of Senate travel records shows.

Dole's critics say the amount of time she has spent in North Carolina during her first term - especially 2006, when records document less than two weeks of visits - suggest she is out-of-touch with voters in the state.