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Morning Roundup: 5 reasons why Obama lost N.C.; McCrory's new challenge

President Barack Obama almost ran the table Tuesday night when it came to battleground states. The lone exception: North Carolina.

Of a dozen competitive states, it was the only one that went from Democratic blue in 2008 to Republican red this year. Why didn’t Obama carry the Tar Heel State? Read five reasons here and see a map of results here.

More political headlines:

--Pat McCrory on Thursday will set foot in the Capitol for the first time as governor-elect. A block north, he will see a major challenge facing his administration: the N.C. General Assembly. 

--The 7th Congressional campaign and the lieutenant governor's race are headed to overtime. A recount looms.

--The day after the country re-elected President Barack Obama president, evangelist Franklin Graham gave two-pronged advice to the American people: Politically, it’s time for the two parties to work more closely. Yet spiritually, Tuesday’s results sent America further down a “path of destruction.”

--The Charlotte area’s two newly elected Republican congressional candidates struck softer tones than they adopted on the campaign trail as they reflected Wednesday on heading to a divided Washington.

--President Barack Obama faces a divided government in his return to Washington.

--Republicans ask why Mitt Romney lost.

--A UNC system strategy committee wants to lift the share of North Carolina residents who have at least a four-year college degree by 2018.


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