Word has been spreading that the Obama campaign was pulling out of North Carolina and speculation is that Virginia will not be far behind.
It would seem that CNN has made it official. Obama and CNN concede North Carolina to Romney.
CNN is moving its classification of the swing state from true “toss up” to “lean Romney.”Four years ago then Sen. Barack Obama became the first Democrat since 1976 to carry North Carolina in a presidential election. And this summer the Democrats held their nominating convention in Charlotte.
While the Obama campaign continues to run ads in North Carolina, spending just over $1.2 million to run spots over the past week, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks ad spending for CNN, the president hasn’t made a campaign stop in the state since his nomination at the Democratic convention in early September.
Last week, in a clear sign its confident about turning the state from blue to red, Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign moved its North Carolina spokesman out of the state and planned to shift more staffers to other states.
The states are trending to Romney.