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The most-clicked Dome posts of 2012 show N.C. in national spotlight

What made the biggest splash on Dome in 2012? The top 5 stories -- in terms of reader clicks --reflect how North Carolina played a major role in the national political scene and the Washington-driven penchant for little news bits that speak to a larger narrative. It doesn't necessarily reflect the biggest news of the political year, but what generated interest in the blogosphere.

Click below to see the top 5.

Jill Biden cancels N.C. visit due to storm

Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden were supposed to make appearances in Asheville and Huntersville on Sunday but the plans were canceled Saturday night due to Hurricane Sandy.

A statement from the presidential campaign said the cancellations were so local law enforcement and emergency management resources could be focused on the disaster recovery.

Beau Biden back in NC this weekend

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will be in Fayetteville and Raleigh over the weekend to help the Obama-Biden ticket with early voter turnout.

Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, will participate in a “march to the polls” with veterans and military families on Saturday at 11 .am. At North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville. Biden is a major in the Delaware National Guard. He will be accompanied by Sergeant Major(Ret) John Estrada, who is the former highest ranking enlisted member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Biden will also participate in some canvassing in Raleigh at a time and place to be named later.

Beau Biden takes shot at Mitt Romney, hits Gov. Bev Perdue

Beau Biden, the son of the Democratic vice president, went "off script," as he called it, to fire a shot a Republican Mitt Romney but hit Gov. Bev Perdue at the same time.

At the N.C. Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner, Biden mentioned that Romney didn't seek a second term as Massachusetts governor, suggesting his failed economic policies hurt him. "I've never met a successful politician who didn't run again," said Biden, the Delaware attorney general.

The crowd collectively groaned. Biden's line sounded similar to what Republicans say about another governor who isn't seeking re-election: North Carolina Democrat Bev Perdue.


Beau Biden compares Romney economics to George W. Bush's policies

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden called North Carolina a "critical" state in the presidential election and defined the "stark contrast from the top of the ticket down."

"President Obama has a very clearly articulated path with the creation of 4.2 million jobs, 27 months of consecutive job growth," Biden told reporters for his keynote speech at the N.C. Democratic Party convention Saturday. "If you compare this to Mitt Romney, the only answer I have as to his economic (plan) is a return to George W. Bush."

Obama's policies, economists say, are not entirely responsible for the job growth and Republicans rap the president for being out of touch with the economy after he suggest the "private sector is doing fine" compared to public sector job growth.

Beau Biden will headline state Democratic Party convention

UPDATED: The son of Vice President Joe Biden will headline the N.C. Democratic Party convention later this month.

Beau Biden is the Delaware attorney general and an Iraq war veteran. He is a top surrogate for President Barack Obama and has visited the state recently to help push the Democratic ticket.

He will speak at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner June 16.

Beau Biden to campaign in Fayetteville Monday

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, will kick off a North Carolina veterans for Obama event Monday in Fayetteville.

Biden, of  course, is the son of Vice President Joe Biden. The event will also include former U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, Rob Diamond, Obama's veterans outreach director and Councilwoman Val Applewhite, a retired Air Force veteran.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at The Metropolitan Room, 109 Green Street in Fayetteville.

Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Duke

Duke University is losing one senator, but gaining a new one.

North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Duke graduate, lost her re-election bid earlier this month.

But on Monday, Edward E. "Ted" Kaufman, another Dookie, was named to the Senate seat in Delaware held by Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Rob Christensen reports.

Kaufman not only graduated from Duke, but since 1991 he has been a senior lecturing fellow at Duke law school while also teaching in the Fuqua School of Business and the Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Kaufman, 69, has been Biden's chief of staff for 19 years. Kaufman said he would only serve until 2010, leaving open the possibility that Biden’s son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, would run then.

Kaufman once lived in Raleigh years ago, when he worked for Dupont.

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