North Carolina remains battleground state


A new liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling poll showed the race deadlocked with both candidates with 49 percent of the vote here in the Tar Heel State.

It's growing more and more unlikely that we will see the president or Mitt Romney in the state before Election Day. Conversely, neither side is willing to stop spending money to compete here.

At a downtown Raleigh coffee shop, California Attorney General Kamala Harris led the conversation among working women voters from around the Triangle. She was making her case for President Obama.

"Women are inclined to re-elect President Obama if for no other reason because the alternative is not a choice," said Harris. "The alternative will set women back."

Harris walked the women all the way to the polls to early vote. It was a bid by the Obama campaign to stave off Romney's gains among women voters.

While Romney rallied supporters in Florida, his campaign, along with the president's, was ramping up their final ad blitz of the race. Much of it was aimed at North Carolina.

In dueling conference calls, both camps claimed to have the North Carolina edge.

"We have closed the absentee and early vote gap by over 100,000 votes over 2008," said Romney Campaign Political Director Rich Beeson. "We will win on Election Day big!"

"Remember when Romney pretended they were leaving North Carolina," asked Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina. "Well, they've now raced to increase their TV advertising there in the past couple of days -- that's the clearest sign of all."

The Obama campaign is rolling out a new radio ad in North Carolina this week featuring prominent Republican and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Last week, Powell said he'd be voting for President Obama.

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