CHARLOTTE — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is back in North Carolina Wednesday as he attends a luncheon fundraiser in Charlotte.
It is Romney's second stop in the Tar Heel state in less than a week and comes one day after Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Durham.
Guests came hungry and ready to donate as they handed over thousands of dollars to the Romney campaign. It is in a state critical for Republicans to win after narrowly losing in 2008 as Romney and the GOP look to win the White House in November.
The luncheon in Charlotte is being hosted by big names in NASCAR; including CEO Brian France and car owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress. However, attending the event is not cheap. Tickets range from $2,500 to a private round table meeting for $50,000.
Mitt Romney's return visit to North Carolina comes three days after he and his newly chosen running mate, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, made campaign stops in Mooresville and High Point.
The busy week of campaign stops from both parties, and September's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, proves North Carolina is one of the nation's most important and intensely fought swing states this election year.
Most political analysts believe Mitt Romney must win North Carolina and its 15 electoral college votes to get to the needed 270 to win the presidency in the fall. A mixture of supporters as well as a couple of dozen protestors from the organization Action NC were there when Romney arrived.