Co-chairwoman of Republican National Convention makes stop in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The co-chairwoman of the Republican National Convention was in Charlotte Monday.

It's one of two stops she has made in North Carolina, a state some political analysts are calling a must-win for Mitt Romney.

"It's important. If it weren't, we wouldn't be here," said Sharon Day, the co-chairwoman of the RNC.

On Monday, she met with volunteers at a Republican headquarters on reinforcing the importance of their efforts and grassroots campaigning.

Recent polling shows no clear front-runner in North Carolina, but political analysts call it a must-win for Romney.

Political analyst Dr. Michael Bitzer said, "President Obama can lose N.C., and as long as he puts together the coalition of states that he had last time, he can certainly make it through the Electoral College and gain re-election."

Day touched on topics the Republicans have attacked President Obama on, like the economy and the Medicare issue.

"We cannot keep kicking Medicare and some of these problems down the road and think it's going to magically go away. It's not,” Day said.

Charlotte will host the Democratic National Convention the week following the RNC. Bitzer said while the national spotlight will be on the Democrats in North Carolina, it doesn't necessarily give them a leg up.

"Typically, though, conventions don't have a lot of impact, but what President Obama is doing now is using the DNC to energize and mobilize his grassroots campaign," Bitzer said.