As local Hillary Clinton volunteers hit the pavement Wednesday offering free tickets to her uptown rally next week, Barack Obama volunteers worked the phones to get Charlotte-area voters out to the polls early.
Catawba College political science professor Michael Blitzer said both camps now have plenty at stake in the Tar Heel State.
Blitzer said Tuesday night's decisive win in Pennsylvania gave Clinton new life and gave North Carolina Democratic voters more power in the state's May 6 primary.
"She's going to fight the battle here," Blitzer said.
Poll results released last week show it'll be tough for Clinton to beat Obama in North Carolina. She trails him 52 percent to 41 percent with 7 percent of voters still undecided.
Just as in Pennsylvania, for Clinton to have any shot here she'll have to beat Obama in rural votes, Blitzer said.
"Obama's strength is really in the urban areas, and so that bodes well for Mecklenburg County in terms of his strategy. But she's doing well in the rural areas -- the battlegrounds really are becoming the suburbs," he said.
With Obama’s lead in North Carolina and his lead in delegates so far, Obama volunteer Linda Peak said she believes Clinton's Pennsylvania win won't matter in the end.
"I don't think it changes the fact that Barack Obama is going to be our nominee," she said.
Clinton volunteer Amit Kathrotia disagrees and said Tuesday night's win shows the race is far from being over.
"I was actually happy mostly because the campaign can continue and she's had a lot of pressure to drop out," he said.
Clinton will hold a Club 44 rally Monday at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets in uptown Charlotte at 4 p.m.
Obama organizers said he has not scheduled a visit to Charlotte before the primary.