President Obama won North Carolina by about 14,000 votes in 2008. But Rick Thames, editor of the Charlotte Observer, says Obama faces a challenge to win the state this year.
The Observer’s new poll of voters shows that 23 percent of white Democrats surveyed voted for Obama in 2008, and this year only 9 percent indicate they will.
Thames says as a swing state, North Carolina is very important to Republican party nominee Mitt Romney, who can’t win the White House without it. The President is expected to fight to hold onto North Carolina, so Thames expects a pitched battle there.
- Rick Thames, editor of the Charlotte Observer