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Gov. Patrick: It's the Tar Heel State, right?

Patrick's admission of ignorance drew mild chuckles from the crowd. But no harm, no foul — the public official poured on the sweet talk: "I like North Carolina — I've been here many times. It's wonderful to be around all this good home cooking."

Taylor, who was born in Massachusetts and moved to North Carolina when he was 3, came out wearing a navy-blue Obama T-shirt and started the performance with "Something in the Way She Moves."

"Ain't it great to be back in North Carolina?" Taylor said.

Sadly, the rain interrupted his performance halfway through, causing attendees to run for drier ground.