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Battleground States

By Gage (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

For a long time, North Carolina played a minimal role in the election of presidents. We watched from the sidelines and most candidates spent little time here. But that changed in 2008 when Barack Obama narrowly carried the state. In 2012, our electoral votes swung Republican. Now, we are considered to be in play – a battleground state that has become a “must win” for both candidates. Why this is happening and how this is likely to play out.


Jim Morrill - political reporter, The Charlotte Observer

Dr. Rebecca Tippett - director, Carolina Demography, Carolina Population Center, UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Andrew Taylor - professor of political science, North Carolina State University