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AP: Obama adds N.C. victory to White House win

Posted November 6, 2008

— President-elect Barack Obama has won North Carolina, adding 15 electoral votes to his wide victory margin and a symbolic triumph in a state that hadn't voted for a Democrat for president in more than a generation.

The Associated Press declared Obama the winner Thursday after canvassing counties in North Carolina to determine the number of outstanding provisional ballots.

That survey found there are not enough remaining ballots for Republican candidate John McCain to close a 13,693-vote deficit.

Johnnie McClain of the State Board of Elections said  the board doesn't have a total number of provisional ballots, but officials estimate it will be around 40,000.

Provisional ballots will be counted by individual counties in the coming days, and the state board will certify state totals on Nov. 25, McClain said.

If Obama wins North Carolina, the state's 15 electoral votes would bring his total to 364 – nearly 100 more than necessary to win the White House. Missouri is the only other state that remains too close to call.

The win in North Carolina would be the first for a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter won the state in 1976.

Meanwhile Thursday, Democratic officials said U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel agreed to be Obama's White House chief of staff.

Emanuel, a Democrat from Illinois who serves in the House Democratic leadership, served as a political and policy aide in the Clinton White House. His selection is a shift in tone for Obama, who chose more low-key leadership for his first presidential campaign.

Obama advisers said he was selecting the leaders of the new government with a priority on care over speed, with no plans to announce Cabinet positions this week.

Other White House officials were being lined up, including Robert Gibbs as the likely pick for press secretary, several Obama aides said. Gibbs, who attended North Carolina State University and whose parents live in Apex, has been Obama's longtime spokesman and confidant and was at Obama's side from his 2004 Senate campaign through the long days on the presidential campaign trail.

Obama plans his first public appearance since his presidential victory for Friday – a meeting with economic advisers to discuss the nation's financial woes that Americans listed as their top concern on Election Day.

Obama plans to talk to the news media Friday afternoon following the meeting, aides said. He and his wife, Michelle, will visit the White House on Monday at President Bush's invitation, aides said.


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  • zProt Nov 7, 2008

    Hey, don't move anywhere. Have the courage to reflect and make positive changes. Enough of the polarization. Moving is like suicide: within your rights, but cowardly.

  • nashvegas Nov 7, 2008

    JeffersonDavis Writes: "all yall yankees need to go back to where you came from."

    Ya know... I kinda like it here, so I think I will stay...

  • tgw Nov 7, 2008

    Agentm-I'll answer your comment. America has been blessed beyond our wildest imagination. I cannot begin to list the number of times God has blessed us. And friends listen-he will continue to bless us-as long as we keep him #1.

    I do not like the result of this election any more than many of you. North Carolina made some very "shallow" choices-Bev, Kay,-to name 2. The Presidential vote was irrelevant because the election was done by then. Obama is still our President as well-even if we voted for John McCain. WE must do all in our power to make the government work. Do we need to try and block poor legislation, yes? Do we need to support our troops overseas-absolutely? Do we need to be vigilant in watching the policies Pres. Obama proposes? ABSOLUTELY.

    Remember, HE IS THE PRESIDENT. He gets the same respect President Bush gets. If we do our job, a Republican will be back in the White House in 4 years. Let's get to work.

  • nosuchmiracles Nov 7, 2008

    I am an NC Native, born in Rocky Mount, raised in Raleigh and I voted Obama. I have friends who are from NY, just moved back here and the wife, well she voted McCain - she helped you all. I am sick of seeing this whole "yankee's leave" stuff. Why don't you leave? We live in a great state that draws people.

  • agentm Nov 7, 2008

    let me say this one more time....it is funny how alot fo people say god help us or your all about god and faith....but some people still discriminate becuase of someone's color. Now answer this what god are you serving.... i thought god made us all..i bet noone will answer that.

  • agentm Nov 7, 2008

    it is funny how people say they believe in god ...But people cant get over the color issue ....god made us all why are we still having a problem with skin color ..... i just sad that we live in a world like this still.. and it is funny that wral post comments on some people stuff but when you right truth . they dont post it. and for some of you people that dont get the mixed thing .....i know growing up bi racial societ goes on what your father is....

  • Proud Young Grandma Nov 6, 2008

    Well it isn't like it is "news" that, unfortunately there are a lot of "sheets" left here. Disgusting as they are, they are entitled to be in America - but doubtful they will be entering the Kingdom of God - the God that they believe only represents white humans. My God loves all humans.

  • doobedobedoodoo Nov 6, 2008

    It's interesting that 'Joedaplumber' can make comments about turning in "sheets" and Hitler and it gets through but far more tame stuff from conservatives gets filtered out--aka censored.

    Kinda of a Hitler thing to do WRAL.

  • joedaplumber Nov 6, 2008

    To godhelpus

    Its time for you to take off your sheet -turn off Rush limbaugh and stop acting like Hitler. Maybe then God will help you!

  • JeffersonDavis Nov 6, 2008

    all yall yankees need to go back to where you came from. im tired of it