Jim Messina, Obama's national campaign manager, told the North Carolina campaign Thursday night that it was putting its self in a position to carry the state on Tuesday.
In a teleconference call North Carolina campaign workers, Messina said early voting was showing the strength of what he called “the best field operation in the country.''
He noted several recent polls showing that Obama and Mitt Romney were tied in North Carolina. “They(the Romney campaign) kept saying this past summer and in early fall that North Carolina would be put away by early October,” Messina said. “But the fact is, we are exactly where we thought we would be – in a tied race and we're going to win it on the ground."
“The reality is our early vote means that time is running out(for Romney.) He has to win between 54 and 60 percent of the remaining vote in North Carolina to win the state."
The Obama campaign has stepped up ad spending, and is bringing Jill Biden on Friday and Michelle Obama on Monday, and other major surrogates may be headed this way this weekend.