THE CHRONICLE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 | 7 NA: IS IT A SWING STATE ANYMORE? y which d in 2012 s less extreme 2008. ans have cut into ats’ 2008 early vote orth Carolina by more Obama’s 14,000-vote marin the state.... The presin early votes isn’t likely to v. Romney leading those on Election Day by a 60 to margin,” she said. “There ice on Election Day, and na voters will choose Mitt 8, The Raleigh News and orted that many Romney uding Robert Reid, the ey spokesman in North d been relocated to other titive states. Despite the ces have remained open the state and volunteers ed engaged, said Michael mney spokesman. ns may be too secure in ench said. If Romney fails h Carolina, he will have e loss in electoral votes p states like Wisconsin, a or Pennsylvania, which polling small but consisObama. rgued that North Carolig demographics may play avor come Election Day. to a Nov. 2 OFA memo d 2008 and 2010 U.S. Centasets, the rate at which the oting age population of the e attack on the d in Bengelates with a n the polls for It surfaced that aign fundraiser, that 47 percent are dependent ment, sparking voter outcry. Online at chron.it/Q0B1sa state is increasing is only one fourth of the rate at which the equivalent black population is increasing and only one eighteenth of the rate at which the Latino population is increasing. The memo also said that, through the first 14 days of early voting, voters between the ages of 18 and 24 had already cast over 9,000 more votes in 2012 than they did in 2008 early voting. Black, Latino, and youth voters have consistently been polled to favor Obama this election cycle. Both candidates poured plenty of funding into the state, but Romney and his surrogates have the advantage on ad spending, according to a National Journal report. Obama for America spent $24.1 million, the Romney campaign spent $17.1 million and Romney-surrogate political action committees spent $22.9 million in North Carolina. Today, voters will decide whether North Carolina will be as close a race as it was in 2008. Both campaigns said they have committed massive resources and efforts into the state, and will focus on motivating as many voters as possible to cast their ballots. Get a sneak peak at some of our online-only articles below. Keep up with The Chronicle’s election coverage on our special page, and pick up the print edition for follow-up analysis. Also like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @DukeChronicle. Duke students weigh in as election arrives After months of campaigning, Election Day has finally come. The Chronicle spoke with students about their thoughts heading into decision day. Governor’s race favors two-time candidate McCrory Democrat Walter Dalton, the current lieutenant governor, will face Republican Pat McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, who ran for the Gubernatorial post in 2008. McCrory has been polling far ahead of his opponent and is likely to be voted into Executive Mansion. His platform for education includes budget cuts to higher education, which will affect the University of North Carolina system and indirectly Duke, even as a private institution. Race for Duke’s representative in US House is lopsided Current Democratic N.C. Congressman G.K. Butterfield expects a smooth re-election today. Butterfield, who has represented North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District since 2004, is running against Republican Pete DiLauro and Libertarian Darryl Holloman. During the congressional redistricting after the 2010 census, the 1st District expanded to include Durham and Duke’s campus, areas that tend to vote heavily Democratic. Neither DiLauro nor Holloman have fundraised or spent money on their campaigns. Oct. 3—Obama and Romney face off for the first time at the University of Denver. A weak performance by Obama leads to a jump in the polls for Romney. Oct. 11— Biden and Ryan debate about domestic and foreign policy at Centre College in Kentucky. Oct. 16— Obama rebounds with a stronger performance against Romney in the second debate, a town hall at Hofstra University in New York. Oct. 22— Obama and Romney face off in the final debate on foreign policy at Lynn University in Florida. The debate contributes no significant change to polls.