Jimmy Carter thinks the Democrats could carry North Carolina in 2008.
The former president, who was the last Democratic candidate to win the state's presidential contest in 1976, said in a phone interview today that he thinks the party has a shot this year again, Peggy Lim reports.
"I think we have a good chance to carry the Southern states," he said.
A supporter of Barack Obama, he also said that he did not think that race would cut against the Democratic nominee this time around.
"The race issue — it's still important, but for a lot of people it's fading away," he said.
Carter argued that the connections between Obama and his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, have been oversold.
"It's been greatly exaggerated on CNN and in news coverage," he said. "I think in a week or two, it's going to fade away."
Clarification: Carter has not officially endorsed Obama, although he has made favorable comments about him.