**Democratic strategist Paul Begala: Obama has given up on North Carolina
This is pretty significant. If Obama is completely giving up on North Carolina it does put a big dent in his re-election chances. Those are 15 electoral votes that are suddenly safely in Romney’s column. Romney still needs to get Virginia, which is leaning towards him in my opinion and hopefully Ohio, but with North Carolina, it offsets Ohio’s 18 votes as long as Romney gets Colorado or New Hampshire as well, which I think are within reach.