Barack Obama ran up huge margins in the fast-growing counties around the Research Triangle, in the big cities like Charlotte (Mecklenberg County), in the medium-sized cities like Winston-Salem and in the heavily black counties bordering Virginia. Hillary Clinton, for her part, continued to show her strength in Appalachia, winning every county west of Charlotte besides the outdoorsy outposts of Buncombe and Watauga Counties.
I’ve thought all along that North Carolina is a state tailor-made for an Obama win: It has hoards of young, independent voters in the fast-growing parts of the state, a large student and bohemian population and a large black electorate. But his 14 point win on Tuesday was more impressive than even I would have expected.
Here’s Nick Beaudrot of Cogitamusblog.com‘s fine map of the Tarheel State:
North Carolina Electoral Map