For North Carolina political junkies, today is a day of what-ifs. Earlier this year, as the Republican presidential primary took the slow ride through the campaign season, it appeared North Carolina voters would play a role in picking the nominee.
And today is the day the spotlight would have shifted to the Tar Heel state. With 55 delegates, North Carolina is the biggest prize between now and the end of the month when Texas votes. It seemed like Newt Gingrich would try to keep the campaign moving, but now word is he will suspend his campaign next week. And Rick Santorum ended his run earlier this month. So now Mitt Romney is cruising to the nomination.
So no bus tours or presidential rallies. But given the state's battleground status, just wait for the fall.