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Pat McCrory changed the N.C. map in his victory

Republican Pat McCrory's comeback after his loss in the 2008 govenor's race is striking.

He won 40 counties in 2008 and 77 counties in 2012, according to preliminary results.

Take a look at the 2012 state map (top). And the 2008 map (right) from McCrory's race against Gov. Bev Perdue.

Coleman refuses to concede race, suggests recount in email asking for money

Democrat Linda Coleman refuses to concede the lieutenant governor's race and sent a cryptic email to supporters just after midnight Wednesday that suggested she is priming for a recount. The subject line: "Urgent, Too Close to Call." 

Republican Dan Forest has claimed victory and the race could fall outside the range for a recount.

Republicans rejoice in Raleigh amid GOP victories

As the polls came to a close on the East Coast and results slowly began to trickle in bringing the election year to a close the ballroom of the North Raleigh Hilton began to fill up with campaign volunteers and supporters for the North Carolina GOP Party.

Exit polls shows few North Carolina voters made choices on Election Day

The exit polls in North Carolina show the economy is the most pressing issue on voters' minds, specifically rising prices and unemployment, according to the National Election Pool.

About four in 10 of the state's voters believe their financial situation is about the same as four years ago and a plurality think the U.S. economy is improving. Only 3 percent of voters decided their choices on Election Day and another 3 percent in the few days prior. About three in four voters made up their minds before Labor Day, the exit polls show.

For more results, as posted by News 14 Carolina, click here or read below. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 4 percent. See more here from CNN.

Voters take their time to make decisions, split tickets

More anedotes from the polls:

Mike Yocum, an information technology professional in Cary, said he only recently decided to vote for President Barack Obama, like he did in 2008. What swayed his decision was Bill Clinton's speech at Pullen Park in Raleigh on Sunday.

"He mentioned that it takes more than four years to fix the economy, and I think he's right," Yocum said. 

Where are the Republicans?

Republican volunteers were scarce at voting sites today. 

At four polling places in Raleigh today, reporters saw nobody from the Republican party or any Republican candidates greeting voters outside the voting stations. Clusters of Obama volunteers worked the crowds, handing voters cheat sheets of all the Democratic candidates.

Long lines, dedicated voters on Election Day in North Carolina

Thousands of North Carolina voters rushed to the polls bright and early today, eager to play their part in the final act of the 2012 election.

Most turning out today are traditionalist. They revel in the shared patriotism of joining neighbors at the voting station on the first Tuesday in November.

“It’s exciting to be in the same place, the same day with all your neighbors. You feel like it counts,” said Marshall Green, a Democrat who lives in the Oakwood neighborhood of Raleigh.

Don't forget to cast your ballot in the Dome election pool

Election Day is here. So hurry to cast your ballot in the Dome election pool. Test your political prowess and win prizes. First place: a N&O cartoon umbrella and travel coffee mug. Oh -- and bragging rights as the smartest N.C. wonk. 

Click here to enter the Dome 2012 Election Pool. Submissions accepted until 6 p.m. today.

Outside spending in state races approaches $14 million, report says

Outside spending this campaign season on state races is nearly $14 million, according to the latest numbers. 

The governor's race and N.C. Supreme Court races are attracting the most attention, with about 90 percent of the money influencing voters in those two races, according the Institute for Southern Studies, which is tracking the spending.

Obama needs 2,869 more volunteers on Election Day in North Carolina

President Barack Obama's campaign in North Carolina is looking for 2,869 more volunteers on Election Day. Yes, exactly 2,869 (though they'll probably take more if they can get it).

The number is the subject of an "urgent" email message from Obama campaign field director Jeremy Bird to Obama supporters Monday. It says "shifts available all day."

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