Why North Carolina Went Red

Published:  Mar 21, 2013

by Tom Anstrom

In 2008, then Senator Obama became the first Democrat to capture North Carolina’s electoral votes since Jimmy Carter in 1976, but in 2012 Mitt Romney put the state back in the Republican column. North Carolina, along with Indiana, was one of just two states that Obama won in 2008 and lost in 2012. With Senator Kay Hagan likely facing a tough re-election fight in 2014, it’s important to understand both the reasons the state flipped, and why the race was closer than many expected.