A new poll for a former adviser to Newt Gingrich suggests that Libertarian candidate Bob Barr could pick off enough votes in Georgia and North Carolina to make the two states competitive for Barack Obama. The InsiderAdvantage survey found Barr picking up 8 percent in Georgia and 6 percent in North Carolina, putting Obama within three points of McCain in the Tarheel State.
I make a point of not dwelling on polls at The Electoral Map, but North Carolina is a state the Obama camp has repeatedly boasted that it could put into play. It has a large bloc of African-American voters and a bustling new population of creative-class independents, mostly around the Research Triangle but also in Charlotte. If Barr continues to poll well there, it makes sense for Obama to execute on his promise and make North Carolina a Tier I target.