A new SurveyUSA poll in North Carolina, a state with 15 electoral votes and won by Barack Obama in 2008, shows Obama beating Mitt Romney by four points with only 9 percent undecided. Obama wins handily among women 50-41 against Romney, a demographic that, contrary to popular pundit belief, Rick Santorum does well with. Further, even though Santorum has suspended his campaign, he still polls at second place in North Carolina with a respectable 15% of the vote. If Romney was counting on the support of moderates to win North Carolina, he will have to rethink that. Obama wins with moderates there by a whopping 23 points.
Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will have a meeting on May 4 to discuss what it will take to defeat Barack Obama in November. It seems clear that the expected nominee would do well to give ear to what Senator Santorum has to offer in the way of advice on reaching voters he could not otherwise hope to reach, particularly in swing states like North Carolina.