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CHAPEL HILL—Two days before early voting begins, the First Lady of the United States made a visit to the Tar Heel State.

Michelle Obama addressed a packed house at UNC Chapel Hill's Carmichael Arena, urging the crowd to make their voices heard in the upcoming election.

"I cast my ballot early for Barack Obama. Work hard for the next 21 days to keep this country moving forward," said Mrs. Obama.

In 2008, President Obama defeated Sen. John McCain by a narrow margin of about 14,000 votes.

"As my husband said, this election will be even closer than the last one. That is the only guarantee. And it could all come down to what happens in a few key states like North Carolina, right here," said Mrs. Obama.

Hundreds in the crowd, made up mostly of UNC Chapel Hill students, heard the First Lady's message loud and clear and feel inspired to do their part.

"Every vote counts, every single person that we can reach out to, every single person who's undecided if we can kind of just get them off the fence," said Rebecca Loughran, a President Obama supporter from Canada

"I signed up to do some canvassing. Not looking forward to it, but I'm going to put my nose to the grindstone, and like get out there, " said UNC junior Ashton Rooney.

The first lady reminded everyone about her husband's achievements including keeping interest rates low on student loans, creating millions of jobs and taking major strides in rebuilding the economy.

"We know good and well that cutting Sesame Street is no way to balance the budget," said Mrs. Obama.

"She hit the nail right on the head, I mean she explained everything and anybody who don't understand that, they got a problem," said Cumberland County resident Elaine Evans.

Words from Mrs. Obama sparked hundreds to spread the message to vote in the Tar Heel State to keep the president in office.

"It is going to take a lot longer than four years to rebuild this economy from the brink of collapse," said the First Lady.

Early voting begins on Thursday, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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