won. beth purdue bake became the first female governor. barack obama didn't need north carolina or indiana either. but seeing states like north carolina and states like indiana turn so unexpectedly blue was the exclamation point on the democratic victory in 2008. the democrats choosing north carolina for their 2012 convention was sort of a bold move and an emotional move. barack obama and joe biden won north carolina as i said in 2008 by the slimmest of margins. look at that. 49.7% to 49.4%. they won by less than 15,000 votes out of more than 4 million cast. the slimmest of margins. and they fought tooth and nail for every single one of those votes. this was the difference in new voters rej zgistered in the two parties. democrats outregister new voters nearly 5-1 in north carolina. nearly 5-1. north carolina. democrats' new voter registration drives were very, very effective in north carolina. on election day, itself, there were more votes cast for john mccain than there were for barack obama. obama still won the state because organizing. they had a huge advantage in early voting.