Wilmington, NC –
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said today that his supporters must "fight for a new direction for our country."
McCain made his first public appearance in North Carolina since May.
He says that supporters need to have courage and fight for the Republican campaign since he is down in the polls.
"Let me give you the state of the race today: we have 22 days to go, we're six points down, the national media has written us off."
McCain's visit comes after Democratic candidate Barack Obama spent several days in western North Carolina last week.
The polls show that North Carolina is now a toss-up state, after voting Republican for the last three decades.
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