North Carolina was the second closest state in 2008 after Missouri,
going to Obama by just 14,177 votes (0.32 percentage points.
to keep the state in the blue column in 2012, announcing on Feb. 1,
2011 the choice of Charlotte to host
2012 Democratic National Convention (1
approval of Constitutional Amendment 1 ("providing that marriage
one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be
valid or recognized in this State") in the May 8, 2012 primary by a
38.96% margin signaled that Obama would have a difficult time keeping
the state's 15 electoral votes (+
contrast to 2008, when
the McCain and the Republicans paid relatively little attention to the
state until late in the campaign, Romney and the RNC were fully
engaged. North Carolina was a contested battleground state.
Both campaigns had full staffs in the
state and there were plenty of ads, although visits by the principals
not that plentiful, and the state was seen as leaning Republican.
By Oct. 18, the News &
"Romney campaign begins moving staff out of
NC, confident of victory" (+
Obama campaign did not give up, however; both Jill Biden and Michelle
Obama made visits in November.
The Daily Reflector (Nov. 1, 2012) +
Ashville Citizen-Times (Oct. 20, 2012) +
Charlotte Observer (Oct. 21, 2012) +
Raleigh News & Observer (Oct. 28,
*Winston-Salem Journal (Oct. 14, 2012) +
2012 was a decidedly Republican year in North Carolina.
won with a plurality of 92,004 votes (2.04 percentage points) while
Republicans also picked up three congressional seats, the
governorship, and nine state House seats.