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October 24th, 2012
09:24 PM ET

North Carolina leans toward Romney, but can he win the White House without Ohio?

North Carolina is no longer in the tossup column. CNN is now classifying the state as leaning towards Mitt Romney. The new electoral math is now 237 for President Barack Obama and 206 for Romney.

In Ohio, a crucial battleground state that no Republican has won the White House without the swing state - in a new poll Obama is leading by 5-points over Mitt Romney, 49% to 44%. Among voters who have yet to cast their vote but say they intend to, the candidates are running dead even, 45 to 45.

Can Mitt Romney become the first Republican to win the oval office with out Ohio?

OutFront tonight: Former Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum and one of Romney's competitors for the GOP nomination weighs in on Mitt Romney's chances of capturing the White House without Ohio and the controversial comments made by Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock.

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CNN shifts North Carolina to 'lean Romney' 

Color North Carolina light red.

CNN is moving its classification of the swing state from true "toss up" to "lean Romney."

Four years ago then Sen. Barack Obama became the first Democrat since 1976 to carry North Carolina in a presidential election. And this summer the Democrats held their nominating convention in Charlotte.

While the Obama campaign continues to run ads in North Carolina, spending just over $1.2 million to run spots over the past week, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks ad spending for CNN, the president hasn't made a campaign stop in the state since his nomination at the Democratic convention in early September.

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