CNN: North Carolina a ‘Toss Up’

CNN on Monday changed its electoral map, moving North Carolina from a "lean Romney" state to a "toss up" reflecting a new CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll:

NcThe poll, released earlier on Monday, indicates it's all knotted up in the Tar Heel state, with 48% of likely voters supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney and 47% backing President Barack Obama.

Other polls from other organizations conducted earlier this summer also indicated a close contest in North Carolina.

"It's hard to imagine the perfect storm that helped then Sen. Obama narrowly carry the state in 2008. But at the moment the polling shows a tossup, and both campaigns say their numbers are in the same ballpark as our survey," says CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "That, plus all the attention Democrats are about to give the state, gives us ample reason to move North Carolina to tossup."

Obama was the first Democrat to carry the state since 1976. The Democratic Convention begins in Charlotte next week.


  1. ELI says

    yes, Markus, we all know how proud you Republicans are about NC using their nanny state government to protect your hetrosexual marriages.
    NC truely exposes the seething hatred you Republicans have for the Gay community.

  2. sweetdog says

    With the overwhelming passage of Amendment One it’s doubtful PBO will take NC. Haters still live here, altho they have crawled back under their rocks. They’ll come out to vote for Romney because he will be their “savior” in protecting marriage.

  3. Laurie says

    The fact that NC is in the toss-up category is a good sign for the President. Yeah, the passed the anti-marriage amendment, yada, yada. North Carolina is just like a lot of the country — divided down the middle. It will all hinge on turnout…and people being allowed to vote and have their votes counted.

  4. Blake says

    Unfortunately, with all of the voter suppression laws and the economy, it’s doubtful Obama will be elected. The GOP is running a brilliantly evil campaign:

    1) Use the House of Representatives to prevent any laws that might help the economy.

    2) Intimidate the Fed from attempting any programs to help the economy.

    3) Pass voter suppression laws preventing the elderly, the young, and minorities from voting.

    4) Run whistle dog racist ads.

    This is how the GOP wins an election. :-(

  5. Javier says

    Sweetdo, under your reasoning, about 32 states or more will not vote for Obama, since gay marriage has never won a state vote. Never. NC is just like the rest of the states that have voted on gay marriage. It has the exact same position.

  6. jamal49 says

    See previous story:


    The success of this latest hate propaganda campaign by NOM will tell whether or not NC is a “tossup” state.

    When it comes to the teavangelicals and their (a) hatred of Obama and (b) their hatred for LGBT people, I’d say it’s a win for the Mittster.

  7. Ken says

    Amendment One has no impact on the Presidential race, the vast majority of people don’t base their vote on who is for or against marriage equality. That said, I don’t believe Obama will win North Carolina, but the good news is he doesn’t need to. The fact that North Carolina is competitive is great news for Obama.

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