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  • The nation’s ailing economy was among top issues for voters, according to exit polls. Fifty-five percent of voters who said the economy has affected them voted for Obama, compared to 41 percent for Clinton.
  • Obama took an overwhelming 91 percent of the state’s black vote, according to exit polls, with Clinton taking only six percent. Clinton took 59 percent of the white vote compared to 36 percent for Obama, exit polls said. The state has a high percentage of African-Americans, 21.7 percent.
  • North Carolina was among largest remaining Democratic delegate prizes: 115 pledged delegates at stake.
  • Full North Carolina results | Democratic Scorecard | Republican Scorecard
Latest polls
Likely Democratic North Carolina primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
Obama
51%
Clinton
41%
Unsure
8%
NO REPUBLICAN POLL AVAILABLE
Likely Republican primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
McCain
50%
Huckabee
23%
Paul
6%
Unsure
21%
The North Carolina Democratic "poll of polls" consists of three surveys: Zogby (May 4-5), ARG (May 2-4) and Research 2000 (April 29-30). A margin of error for the poll of polls cannot be calculated.
Demographics

8,856,505
Population
74%
White
21.7%
Black
1.3%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1.9%
Asian
1.1%
Mixed Race
$40,863
Median Household Income
13.8%
Percentage Income in Poverty, 2004
12.2%
Percentage Age 65 and Up
22.5%
Percentage with College Degree
6.7%
Percentage Hispanic
4.9%
Unemployment Rate as of 11/2006
U.S. Census Bureau, The Associated Press
Past General Elections
2004 Bush (R) 56.1% Kerry (D) 43.6%
2000 Bush (R) 56.0% Gore (D) 43.2%
1996 Dole (R) 48.7% Clinton (D) 44.0%
1992 Bush (R) 43.4% Clinton (D) 42.7%
1988 Bush (R) 58.0% Dukakis (D) 41.7%
1984 Reagan (R) 61.9% Mondale (D) 37.9%
1980 Reagan (R) 49.3% Carter (D) 47.2%
1976 Carter (D) 55.2% Ford (R) 44.2%
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Past Highlights
DEMOCRATS
1976: The primary battle between Jimmy Carter and George Wallace got personal in North Carolina. Wallace, a pro-segregationalist who won half the primary vote four years earlier, said Carter's "smiling and grinning a lot" would do little to reform post-Watergate Washington. Carter defeated Wallace 54 percent to 35 percent.
1984: Former Vice President Walter Mondale won North Carolina with 36 percent of the vote, fighting off Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, who garnered 30 percent. The Rev. Jesse Jackson finished in third place with 25 percent. Jackson's camp claimed credit for bringing out first-time black voters, who comprised a huge 11 percent of voters in North Carolina and two other primaries, according to "New Perspectives on American Politics."
REPUBLICANS
1976: After five straight losses, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan won the North Carolina primary against President Gerald Ford by six percentage points -- a rare defeat of a sitting president in a primary election. Although Ford won the nomination, Reagan's victory breathed new life into the career of the future president.
1980: Four years later, Reagan trounced George H.W. Bush in North Carolina's GOP primary, defeating him by 45 percentage points.
1992: President George H.W. Bush rebuffed a challenge by conservative columnist Patrick Buchanan. Bush crushed Buchanan by 50 percentage points -- ending his hope that he could repeat Reagan's 1976 victory.
Primary Process
North Carolina Independents are allowed to vote in either the GOP or the Democratic primary. Most delegates are apportioned to candidates based on top vote-getters in each congressional district. A lesser number of at-large delegates are proportionally allocated to candidates who win at least 15 percent of the statewide vote.

Sources: North Carolina Democratic and Republican parties
Current Government
Governor: Mike Easley (D) re-election 2008
Senator: Elizabeth Dole (R) re-election 2008
Senator: Richard Burr (R) re-election in 2010
U.S. House delegation: 7 Democrats, 6 Republicans
State Senate: 31 Democrats, 19 Republicans
State House: 68 Democrats, 52 Republicans
State Capital: Raleigh
Local Media
Newspapers:
The Charlotte Observer
Greensboro News-Record
The News & Observer
CNN Affiliates:
Raleigh: WRAL
Greensboro: WXII
Charlotte: WCNC
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