Not that there was any real doubt, but North Carolina is clearly center-stage in the presidential contest according to the New York Times. The paper quotes pollster Hunter Bacot of Elon (and a frequent guest on Chris Fitzsimon’s “News and Views” radio program) and Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling (a guest at a recent Policy Watch luncheon) to bolster the point that Obama and McCain are neck and neck:
This once-red state is now a raging battleground, along with a few others where Mr. Obama has sought to expand his electoral map.”For a Republican to be tied at this point in the election in North Carolina is unfathomable,” said Hunter Bacot, a political scientist at Elon University…
Tom Jensen, a Democratic pollster in Raleigh, said the McCain camp was “counting on the conservative view prevailing over the economy, which is why they haven’t spent any money here, which is why it’s gotten as difficult for them as it has.”
By the way, Jensen’s latest poll shows Obama up 51%-44%.
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