CHARLOTTE — As voters begin casting their votes at early voting locations across North Carolina, polls are showing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) neck-and-neck.

An Oct. 12 poll of likely voters by Rasmussen Reports revealed the two senators carrying an equal 48 percent of respondents. Three days prior, the same poll showed Obama ahead 49-48. Another poll by Insider Advantage on Oct. 13 shows Obama leading McCain 48-46.

Nationally and locally, pundits say Obama is faring better than 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry. In North Carolina, Obama is up 12 points from where Kerry polled prior to the 2004 election.

Political pundits and citizens alike are realizing now the real chance that the Tar Heel State could swing toward the Democrats. If so, a blue North Carolina would be a first since the election of President Jimmy Carter.

North Carolina citizens can begin voting at early voting locations on Oct. 16. At one-stop early voting locations across the state, those who missed the Oct. 10 voter registration deadline can first register and then cast their ballot. For a list of one-stop early voting locations, visit

Obama for America, InsideSource staff blog, Oct. 17

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.