Okay, so the key takeaway here is that North Carolina shouldn't be a battleground state - but, it is. President Obama only won NC by 14,000 votes in 2008, out of a total 2.2 million votes cast. Thin margin, and one largely dependent upon NC's university students, who may or may not come out to vote in this election. Democrats in NC are in many ways embattled after weathering one scandal after another, seeing our incumbent governor choose not to run for a second term, and having endured the 2010 elections, an event most of our voters across the state declined to attend. So, Republicans should have NC locked up. Yet, NC *is* a state that could go either way, and in many polls leans toward the President.
No matter what side of the political debate you're on, I hope you are excited that NC is getting this kind of attention. For Democrats, though, we have quite a bit of work ahead of us. We can elect President Obama in 2012, but perhaps only if we work as hard as if we may lose. President Obama can win the US without NC - but, Romney needs this state to win. Our efforts between now and November are just as much about denying Romney a required victory as they are handing the President NC's complement of electoral votes.