A state in 2008 where then-Senator Barack Obama won by the slimmest of margins and then lost in 2012 by only 2 percentage points. Once again it is seen as a competitive battleground where anything is possible. With less than two months to go until the election, the campaigns are really coming down to the wire to win its 15 electoral votes.
At this point, there’s no clear winner. A post on fivethirtyeight gives Secretary Clinton a 52.4% chance to win over businessman Donald Trump. Anywhere when it’s that close, one can expect both campaigns to spend heavily on time and money to convince the dwindling supply of undecideds on who would make a better Commander-in-Chief.
The candidates have been crisscrossing the state for months now and just yesterday Donald Trump was in Asheville and in Greenville last Tuesday. Hillary Clinton has made her own appearances recently too. Last Thursday she was at the historically black college Johnson C. Smith University. As with any Southern state, Clinton needs to turn out the African American vote to have any chance of winning.
While these posts will mostly focus on the presidential race, one cannot forget about the increasingly tight senate race happening as well. While Senator Burr (R) leads in the polls over his opponent, Deborah Ross (D), nothing is for certain. Ross has been gaining momentum lately partially from a lackluster campaign from the senator.
It’s going to be an exciting election year and I’m looking forward to sharing my analysis with all of y’all.