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AP Calls North Carolina for Obama

The Associated Press reports:

RALEIGH -- President-elect Barack Obama has won North Carolina, adding 15 electoral votes to his wide victory and a symbolic triumph in a state that hadn't voted for a Democrat in more than a generation.

The Associated Press declared Obama the winner Thursday after canvassing counties in North Carolina to determine the number of outstanding provisional ballots.

That survey found there are not enough remaining ballots for Republican candidate John McCain to close a 13,693 vote deficit.

North Carolina's 15 electoral votes brings Obama's total to 364 -- nearly 100 more than necessary to win the White House. Missouri is the only state that remains too close to call.

Obama's win in North Carolina was the first for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter won the state in 1976.

Posted at 1:01 PM ET on Nov 6, 2008  | Category:  Election Day
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Greetings from North Carolina, where people are buzzing with this exciting news!

I've heard from several friends and co-workers that this is the first time they'll live in a blue state. For some it's the first time their votes have helped pick a winner at the electoral college.

While this win may be symbolic to the nation, it's a real victory for North Carolinians. I think this win will help motivate North Carolinians for future elections.

Posted by: md2nc | November 6, 2008 5:06 PM

Congratulations to North Carolina and to President-elect Obama and his lovely family! May we all strive to help create positive and progressive change together and never allow ourselves to slip backward into the past. These are beautiful times and we all have to potential to do so much to improve on what’s already good about America.

Never give up! Never surrender!

Posted by: leap2three | November 6, 2008 1:53 PM

How many people really saw North Carolina falling into Obama's column? Bill Clinton couldn't pull it off. John Edwards couldn't pull it off with John Kerry. However, four years is a long time - let's see if it was a fluke or the beginning of something truly remarkable.

Posted by: rbyanes | November 6, 2008 1:22 PM

As the Grand Oil Party sinks to the bottom of the pond not unlike an old oil spill, the only Republicans left will be the base, the illiterate and the far right wing Cultue of Life (this week) which are often delivered in a combo platter. Say goodbye to the hate, the racism and this chosen philosophy of Americans only laddelling the cream from the top of the barrel rather than assisting in the hard work of mixing the barrel's ingredients. As a lifelong liberal Democrat who joined my party the day I witnessed Lester Maddox chasing black children from the Pickrick restaurant with an axe handle up Peachtree toward Five Points. This genetic mutant would be elected guvnah of Jawja and just prior to his demise, just like Wallace, Maddox came crawling back to humanity begging forgiveness for his racist indiscretions. Goodbye Grand Oil Party. Good riddance and don't let the million dead Iraqis kick you in the butt on your way out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rhyer | November 6, 2008 1:16 PM

Wow! NC for Obama, Liddy Dole out on her ear. A great day for Democrats, and more indications that this election presages a sea change in the electoral map. A squeaker, to be sure, but may well be the start of a realignment.

Let's just hope that Republicans see the small margin as proof that Palinism is their key to victory.

Posted by: dpc2003 | November 6, 2008 1:16 PM

Bigotry and racism are on the decline in this country, and the people who used the baser angels of our nature for political gain are going to have to live with defeat for a long time to come.

When people realize the Truth, the rarely fall back into the darkness.

The Republicans are going to have to remake themselves if they want to stay relevant. Here's a hint: no more race baiting. You jerks.

Good to see that Charlie Black and crew lost North Cackalacky- I'm sure Harvey Gantt feels good about that.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 6, 2008 1:14 PM

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