If the polls hold, the 2012 presidential election could be historically close.

And so, as the Democratic National Convention gets under way this week in Charlotte, N.C., Republicans are planning to hold their own events each day on the sidelines — to make sure their message doesn’t get drowned out by the pro-Obama rally inside the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The sustained campaign mode, even continuing during the rival party’s convention week, reflects how tight the race is. Democrats tried to do the same thing during the GOP convention last week in Tampa.

“It’s going to be a close race,” Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod acknowledged on “Fox News Sunday,” while claiming a slight lead in the battlegrounds. “But I’d much sooner be us than them.”

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