North Carolina Political Portrait

October 5, 2012 - 4:35 PM
In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2012, Carol Fentiman is shown in her home in Flat Rock, N.C. North Carolina's population has nearly doubled since 1970, fueled by an economic renaissance built around banking, health care, technology and widely regarded universities. The result is a presidential battleground. Transplants like Carol Fentiman, a 66-year-old retiree brought her Democratic politics with her, the kind of voter that helped make Barack Obama the first Democratic presidential nominee to win here since 1976. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)