If you are scoring at home, there are 58 days to go before the end of the nasty political ad season. That is, if you live in one of the 10 battleground states, and North Carolina is one of those. Here is what Rob Christensen, political reporter for the News & Observer and a member of Elon Poll’s political panel last week, says:
Republicans were so certain of carrying the Tar Heel State last time that South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham famously boasted: “I’ll beat (multiple gold medal winner) Michael Phelps in swimming before Barack Obama wins North Carolina.”
After Obama improbably carried North Carolina in 2008, the first time since 1976 that a Democratic presidential candidate won the state, Republicans are making no such boasts this time. This summer, the state has endured a $50 million advertising barrage, with Romney and his allies outspending Obama by more than 2-to-1.