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Lindsey Graham colorfully predicts a John McCain win in N.C.

October 29, 2008 |  4:48 am

We're at that point in the presidential campaign season when the underdog -- that would be John McCain in this race -- and his true-blue allies stress the positive and assure their crowds that all will turn out well.

McCain, for instance, on Tuesday confidently told a crowd in Hershey, Pa. -- where polls persist in showing Barack Obama comfortably ahead -- that he would "fool the pundits" and carry the state next week.

But later in the day, his frequent traveling companion, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, did him one better in the guarantee department.

Graham, as part of helping warm up an audience for McCain in Fayetteville, N.C., promised his listeners that although polls have shown a deadlock in the traditionally Republican state, McCain would win it.

“He fits North Carolina like a glove,” Graham said. “I’ll beat [Olympic gold medalist] Michael Phelps in swimming before Barack Obama wins North Carolina."

Graham added: "Don’t let me down, because I can’t swim.”

-- Don Frederick