Polls Tighten in North Carolina

The polls are tightening in North Carolina and Barack Obama’s lead seems to be dwindling just days before the primary there.

Not long ago, Mr. Obama was perceived to hold such an advantage that some Democrats here wondered whether Mrs. Clinton would bother to compete vigorously. But the candidates intensified their efforts in the final weekend — both appeared here on Friday evening — and Mr. Obama was eyeing a return on the eve of the election.

“This primary election on Tuesday is a game changer,” Mrs. Clinton told a crowd in Kinston. “This is going to make a huge difference in what happens going forward. The entire country — probably even a lot of the world — is looking to see what North Carolina decides.”

A North Carolina victory, Clinton advisors say “would qualify as their biggest upset in more than 40 primaries and caucuses held so far, given Mr. Obama’s early lead and his strong support among African-American voters.”

If she carries North Carolina, she will get the nomination, and if she gets the nomination, she will be president of the United States,” Gov. Michael F. Easley, a Clinton supporter, said at a rally with Mrs. Clinton on Friday in Hendersonville.

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4 Responses to Polls Tighten in North Carolina

  1. I’m inclined to agree with Gov. Easley.

    These are exciting times.

  2. Kendall Johnson says:

    Yes, If Clinton carries NC the party would be remiss to deny her the nomination. If she comes close, it will be a clear sign that Obama will have big problems in a general election. I think that if he is the nominee, he will lose the general election in a landslide!!!!

  3. Gilbert Martinez says:


    The evidence is already mounting that Obama will lose handily in a general. He has been nursed and protected by a media intent on tearing down both of the Clintons, yet performs no better (and often worse) than Hillary against McCain.

    When this campaign is looked at from the cold eyes of history, people are going to ask how Obama even got so close. Look at his endorsements, be it from news papers of pols like Kerry/Kennedy. They say he offers hope to change things but offer no concrete examples of how his “hope” has really “changed” things. It’s rather embarrassing.

    Fortunately, I don’t think he’ll be the nominee.

  4. Leslie says:

    I am not sure that the gap between Obama and Clinton has closed to a degree that she can win North Carolina but she is full of surprises and the surveys indicate that the gap between them is small so maybe.