North Carolina As THE Democratic Battleground

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Essential reading: Per the Raleigh News & Observer, Clinton and Obama’s campaigns “are treating North Carolina as though the presidency depends on it.”

“If Obama wins most of the black vote, he will need to win only two of seven white voters. Obama is expected to have strong support in metropolitan areas among professionals, students and liberal activists. He also has been doing very well among independents, who may vote in the primary.”

“The Clinton campaign appears to be targeting women, white blue-collar workers, Hispanics, Lumbee Indians and more traditional Democratic voters.”

Obama campaign on with paid TV ads focuses on voter registration.

Plus: USA Today looks at how North Carolina could end the Democratic nomination fight.

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