North Carolina is rated as a toss-up state in the 2016 electoral vote in a presidential match-up between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump by The Washington Post’s The Fix elections blog.
North Carolina is one of seven states, with a total of 95 electoral votes, rated as toss-ups. Four others lean Democrat and two lean Republican.
Those 13 toss-up and leaning states account for 173 electoral votes. The Fix map marks 201 votes for Clinton and 164 for Trump; a candidate has to reach 270 to win.
Here’s what the bloggers have to say about North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes.
After a narrow Obama win in 2008, Romney took the Tar Heel State back — again, narrowly — in 2012. The fact that nearly 30 percent of the state's population is either black or Hispanic makes it an immediate Clinton target given how dismal Trump's numbers are among both groups. Add that to the fact that the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham) is populated by lots and lots of affluent, highly educated whites — two groups that have proven the least willing to be persuaded by Trump's message — and the state is a toss up through and through.