The first boos of the night came for Mike Easley.
As Hillary Clinton was going through her list of thank-yous at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, she mentioned former party chairwoman Barbara Allen, party chairman Jerry Meek and the state's Congressional and legislative Democrats.
But when she named Easley — and specifically his endorsement of her — some in the crowd began to boo.
It was not clear exactly why they were booing, but based on calls to the governor's office, some were upset that he took a stand in the contentious race.
Clinton then praised Easley's wife, Mary, and former governors Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt.
By then, the crowd settled down.
Later, she praised John Edwards and his focus on ending poverty, promising to appoint a Cabinet-level officer to work on the issue.
Edwards has not endorsed in the presidential race, but his wife, Elizabeth, has praised Clinton's health care proposal.
She also name-checked former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hugh Shelton, a native North Carolinian who has endorsed her.