Updated 05/18/2012 05:08 PM
South Carolinians coming north to fight for Romney
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CHARLOTTE -- The political battleground of North Carolina is getting more crowded.
We know tens of thousands of Democrats are coming to Charlotte for the National Convention in September -- that's on top of the President's ground team. Now, the South Carolina Republican party is sending more than 1,000 volunteers to turn the state back to red.
"There's a lot of energy and enthusiasm to defeat Barack Obama," said South Carolina RNC member Glenn McCall. "North Carolina being a swing state, we want to make sure it goes into the Romney column."
The South Carolina Republican Party signed an agreement with the North Carolina GOP to assist in the election efforts. That includes setting up a phone bank in Rock Hill and sending an army of volunteers.
"We will send 1,000-plus into North Carolina, into wherever they are needed, whether Charlotte or Raleigh, helping to knock on doors or whatever task they have for our volunteers to do," said McCall.
The Obama campaign already has more than a dozen offices open across the state.
"We’re confident in the work we’re doing to keep North Carolina blue this November," said Adam Hodge with the Democratic National Committee. "Democrats are building an unprecedented ground game to turn out voters in support of President Obama as he continues to move America forward."
The Republicans want to send a message to North Carolina Democrats.
"Watch out there. We're coming from the South and we're going to bring it to them. It's going to be a good fight," said McCall.