Barack Obama is losing ground in North Carolina.
The Democratic presidential candidate was once figured to do well here, but three recent public opinion polls show Hillary Clinton closing the gap.
Raleigh's Public Policy Polling found his one-time lead of 25 points had decreased to 12. A SurveyUSA poll shows him ahead by 5, and Rasmussen Reports has his lead at 14.
Most of the loss has been among white voters, which voters attribute to the recent flare-up over Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
"The more Obama becomes a black candidate or the candidate of blacks, the more support that we see falling off among some segments of the white population," said Duke University politics professor Kerry Haynie.
Ace Smith, Clinton's state director, said she still has an uphill battle. (N&O)