With only eight days left before the general election of 2012, polls across the country have indicated a shift in voter preference that has been underway for several weeks. The shift began just after the first debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. But nothing has happened in the intervening weeks to prevent the ongoing momentum enjoyed by Romney, and after three debates several distinct trends have come into sharp focus.
The first pattern that began to develop revolves around some of the states that went for Obama in 2008. To everyone's surprise in 2008, North Carolina shifted into the Democratic column after decades of voting for the Republican nominee. This year, however, North Carolina has shifted into the Republican column, and Romney has the lead just outside the margin of error in most polls.
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