Republican Mitt Romney is returning to campaign in North Carolina this week.
GOP officials said Monday that Romney will visit Asheville on Thursday. The location is an unlikely stop -- the rural western part of the state and a minor media market -- for the presidential candidate in North Carolina. The Citizen-Times first reported the visit.
Other than a private fundraiser in Raleigh, Romney has yet to campaign east of High Point. His two-stop bus tour in August with newly minted Vice Presidential Pick Paul Ryan hit the Charlotte and Greensboro metro areas.
Vice President Joe Biden visited Asheville and Charlotte last week.