Monday: Charlotte residents rally for election

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - People in Charlotte spent Monday night rallying for their sides in the presidential election.

The NAACP held a rally at Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Uptown. In a one-on-one interview, the head of the North Carolina chapter told Eyewitness News, "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now."

Mayor Anthony Foxx made a guest appearance, talking about the importance of expressing "our view about government in the ballot box."

Even people who already voted, like Kekya Adams, felt it was important enough to spend her night there. She said, "It's just important for everybody to come out and show support for whoever they decide to vote for."

One of the latest polls shows North Carolina a dead heat between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, tied 49-49. Political expert Michael Bitzer said Romney needs the state more than President Obama, that he has to have it "if there is any conceivable way of him winning."

That's why Republican volunteers spent the evening working the phones at GOP headquarters in Dilworth. Many said they dialed so many numbers, they lost track and that it makes a difference. Karna Schantz said, "It does. It does. Every vote counts. I am so committed. I will do whatever it takes."