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12:36 p.m. EST, Oct 27 '08
General Information
  • CNN Electoral College Map estimate:
    Tossup
  • 2004 presidential result:
    George W. Bush with 56.1 percent
  • Primary results:
    Barack Obama (D):
    Margin of victory 14 percentage points
    John McCain (R):
    Margin of victory 62 percentage points
Demographics
  • Population 8,049,313:
    72.1% White
    21.6% Black
    1.2% American Indian/Alaskan native
    1.4% Asian
    0.0% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    1.3% Mixed race
    2.3% Other race
  • Median household income: $39,184
  • Percentage income in poverty, 1999: 12.3%
  • Percentage age 65 and up: 12.0%
  • Percentage with college degree: 22.5%
  • Percentage Hispanic: 4.7%
  • Unemployment rate as of June 2008: 5.9%
Current government
  • Governor:
    Mike Easley (D) re-election 2008
  • U.S. senators:
    Elizabeth Dole (R) re-election 2008
    Richard Burr (R) re-election 2010
    • U.S. House delegation:
      7 Democrats, 6 Republicans
    • State Senate:
      31 Democrats, 19 Republicans
    • State House:
      68 Democrats, 52 Republicans

Sources: CNN, Associated Press, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Note
• All Times Eastern Standard
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