That’s how many North Carolina counties voted for President Barack Obama in the 2008 election four years after backing the re-election of Republican predecessor George W. Bush.
By winning some historically Republican-voting counties, Obama became the first Democrat in 32 years to carry North Carolina, which includes the party’s convention city of Charlotte.
The “Obama-Bush” counties include Wake, a fast-growing area that takes in the state capital of Raleigh and is part of the state’s Research Triangle as well as North Carolina State University. Obama’s surge in Wake helped him win North Carolina by three-tenths of one percentage point. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney leads Obama by 47 percent to 43 percent, according to an Elon College poll conducted Aug. 25-30 and released yesterday.
Other North Carolina counties that voted Democratic in 2008 and Republican in 2004 include Cumberland, which takes in Fayetteville; Forsyth, which includes Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University; and Buncombe, which envelops Asheville in the western part of the state.
Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, 67 voted Republican in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections and 20 voted Democratic both times.