When Obama won North Carolina in 2008, it was the first time that the state had gone “blue” in over 30 years. In the run up to the 2012 election, Obama has been trying to recreate the grassroots effort that won him the state, focusing on young and minority voters. With the state polling for Romney, can Obama once again pull an upset?

Read Ari Berman’s Battleground 2012 for the full story.

—Max Rivlin-Nadler