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Paul Begala: Yeah, Team Obama's Giving Up on North Carolina

SMyles Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 2:42 PM
Publius and Rick are right. It's not that a single state picks the prez, that just happens to be the one that could make it a win for Romney. Intrade has a 24 vote swing right now with Obama leading. If Ohio (18 votes) goes red that would win it for Romney, if all else stays the same. Iowa (6 votes) and NH (4 votes) wouldn't be enough. Then there's the chance of Wisconsin (10 votes) too.

Go back and read our polling round-up from yesterday to whet your appetite for this clip.  The public opinion landscape is unlikely to shift significantly in the next 24 hours, after which the effects of last night's debate may become clearer.  (For reasons stated in my wrap-up post, I suspect we'll see negligible lasting impact).  With those numbers as a backdrop, here's loyal liberal partisan Paul Begala acknowledging reality on CNN, confirming that the electoral map is getting a bit redder and narrower for the president: