Elizabeth Dole really wanted to convince folks she was Salisbury's home town girl, but it doesn't look like Rowan County voters bought it. Kay Hagan ran 9 points ahead of Barack Obama statewide, but in Rowan she ran even further ahead of him- 11 points. John McCain took the county 61-38 while Dole won it just 54-42.
By comparison Bev Perdue ran 28 points ahead of Obama in Craven County and Pat McCrory ran 25 points ahead of McCain in Mecklenburg County. Those folks were clearly well liked on their home bases, although Perdue's aggressive courting of Charlotte voters allowed her to win a surprising and important victory there.