North Carolina has 15 electoral votes.
Solidly Republican for decades, the Tar Heel State was put in play when Barack Obama flipped it in 2008 with a narrow victory. Mitt Romney took the state back for Republicans four years later. It has been referred to as Clinton’s “checkmate” state as a win there would likely seal her victory.
As of Monday, the RealClearPolitics average of the most recent North Carolina polls showed Trump with a 1.2-point lead in a two-way race, and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight gave Clinton a 51.7% percent chance of winning the state.
The polls close at 7:30 p.m. eastern time. We will update with the reported results as soon as they come in.
UPDATE –– 11:06 pm ET: Donald Trump has won North Carolina.
Here’s how North Carolina voted in the last four presidential elections:
2012: Republican (50.4%)
2008: Democrat (49.7%)
2004: Republican (56.1%)
2000: Republican (56.0%)
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