Local Republicans say the Republican National Convention has them fired up to help Mitt Romney win NC come November.
With the Republican National Convention this week, some local GOP supporters are feeling a boost in their party's energy. Ginny Cooper is the GOP chairwoman in Pitt County. Cooper says, "In 2008 I don't think we were quite up to getting things done. This time, we're ready."
The GOP is hoping to take NC back from Barack Obama, who won here in 2008.
ECU political science professor Jonathan Morris says, "It's always been assumed that Romney had the edge in North Carolina because this still is a state that leans a little more red than blue." But Morris says in recent months, the race tightened in our state. He says the changing demographics in North Carolina have made the state more democratic. Morris says, "That's going to keep this election close, and future elections are going to be closer than they have been in the state of North Carolina."
Cooper says polls don't surprise her. "When you get up into the Labor Day time period, people really start becoming engaged. I think you'll start seeing differences in the polls as we get closer to the election."
Greenville resident Ryan Query says at this point, he's not sure who he'll vote for. "Everything's in shambles so badly right now. I kinda thought Obama would get things going in the right direction so, I don't wanna go off on him." But he isn't crazy about Romney either.
Morris says with swing voters like Query, North Carolina is sure to be a heavy target for both candidates coming down the stretch. But he thinks most people have already decided who they are going to vote for. He says there are only about 8 to 10 percent of the voters who are in that swing voter range, not a very large group to try and persuade for these candidates.