The state of New Jersey pushed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney over the delegate count needed to secure his nomination Tuesday afternoon.
A short time later, North Carolina cast 48 of its 55 votes for Romney. Seven went to Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
In announcing their vote, North Carolina Republican Party Vice Chairman Wayne King and state Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, gave a nod to the rivalry between UNC and N.C. State, saying North Carolina would be "Wolfpack red" in this election after going "Tar Heel blue" in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama won the state on his way to capturing the presidency.
"It was very good to be on the floor today to present our delegates to Mitt Romney," King said later.