Republican Donald Trump can do little to stop Democrat Hillary Clinton from winning the presidency if she carries North Carolina. It’s a state where their close race reflects the national liabilities of both candidates.
Trump is struggling with conservative Democrats, especially women in the big and booming suburbs of Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham. These Democrats have long been part of the GOP’s winning formula in North Carolina.
Clinton has her own Carolina worries. Younger voters who helped Barack Obama win the state in 2008 and come close in 2012 are far more hesitant to back her.
Clinton is seeking out new supporters, aided by a huge, data-driven ground force in North Carolina, while Trump is sticking with his come-what-may plan.