The Associated Press and television networks have already painted North Carolina blue for Barack Obama, but the state still has ballots left to count.
The counties report having more than 53,700 provisional ballots that won't be counted until next week, Lynn Bonner reports. Those include more than 4,000 each in Mecklenburg and Wake counties, and more than 2,000 each in New Hanover and Robeson counties.
Obama holds a 13,692 vote lead in the state according to the unofficial tally.
Gary Bartlett, head of the State Board of Elections, has said that historical trends show that in the end, the candidate who was ahead on Election Day ends up with a wider lead.