David Chalian on shifting affections:
President Obama has not stepped foot in the state since his convention drew to a close nearly six weeks ago. After he touches down in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, every other battleground state will have gotten some in-person Obama post-convention love except for the Tar Heel state.
While we're talking North Carolina, here's a great breakdown of early voting in the Tarheel state.
Early numbers are tracking 2008 very closely, with the GOP performing slightly better in absentee ballots requested than in '08.