North Carolina Remains Key For Both Candidates

Big night in North Carolina key battleground state that could go either way

North Carolina is still in play for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a state that is not used being part of the battleground group.

Polling locations will be open from 6:30am until 7:30pm on Election Day. Voters will still be entitled to vote if they are standing in line when the polls close at 7:30pm. Voters are NOT required to show photo ID, but new voters are asked to provide proof of identification.

In 2016, North Carolina has 15 electoral votes, which is 2.7 percent of the 538 electoral votes up for grabs and 5.5 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the general election.

Between 1900 and 2012, North Carolina cast votes for the winning presidential candidate 65.52 percent of the time. In that same time frame, North Carolina supported Democratic candidates for president more often than Republican candidates, 62.07 to 37.93 percent. The state favored Republicans between 2000 and 2012, however, with Republican candidates winning in 2000, 2004, and 2012. Democrat Barack Obama won the state in 2008.

Presidential primary elections in North Carolina took place on March 15, 2016. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary with 54.5 percent of the vote. Donald Trump won the Republican primary with 40.2 percent.

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