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Mr. Obama won the state by 14,000 votes in 2008 and has recently taken a slight lead over Mitt Romney, according to a Public Policy Poll conducted in July.

North Carolina Democrats say the president has built a better re-election team than Mr. Romney, the Republican nominee-in-waiting.

“Instead of building a grass-roots organization from the bottom up, the Romney campaign has employed a primary-style strategy of carpet-bombing voters from above with paid media, the majority of it financed by super PACs,” said NCDP communications director Walton Robinson.