Top strategists for Mitt Romney Wednesday expressed confidence that the GOP nominee would win North Carolina.
Rich Beeson, political director for the Romney campaign, said Democrat Barack Obama carried the state by 14,000 votes in 2008. But so far this year, Republicans had closed the absentee and early vote gap in North Carolina gap by over 100,000 votes.
“We will win on election day big,” Beeson said in a teleconference. “That 100,000 vote gap will only continue to grow as we move into election day. So North Carolina continues to move further and further from them, as evidence by the fact that they have not had the president down there since they left the convention.''
(Romney has been in the state once since the convention, for a meeting with the Rev. Billy Graham and a rally in nearby Asheville. Romney has yet to make a public appearance in the state east of High Point.)
Russ Schriefer, a senior Romney advisor added: “If we asked ourselves a year ago where this campaign would be and if we said the Obama campaign was going to be defending in Minnesota, in Wisconsin, in Pennsylvania and in Michigan, and they were going to be more or less not playing in North Carolina, in Indiana, which they won four years ago, in Missouri, where they came close. You would say that this is – that the Romney campaign was in pretty good place...''