Cindy McCain, wife of GOP presidential nominee John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE, will serve as Grand Marshal at NASCAR's Bank of America 500 this Saturday in Concord, North Carolina, the McCain campaign has announced.

This won't be the first attempt the McCain camp has made at winning over NASCAR fans this election: just last month, John and Cindy McCain appeared together at NASCAR's Sylvania 300 in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the Arizona senator greeted drivers as they were announced.

North Carolina, once seen as a safely red state for 2008, is now being discussed as a battleground for McCain and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats need a coherent response to attacks on critical race theory Blinken meets representative of Dalai Lama in India Obama to join NBA Africa as strategic partner MORE. McCain had led in every major poll taken in the state until late September, when surveys showed Obama taking a slim lead.

An average of major polls in the state now shows the two candidates in a statistical dead heat, with Obama leading by 1.8 percentatge points.