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NPR Electoral Map: Obama 273, McCain 174

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Shifts in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Indiana have increased Barack Obama's predicted lead in electoral votes over John McCain. NPR's Ken Rudin doesn't see a clear winner in North Carolina at this time. He previously had the state Leaning GOP, but is now calling it a Tossup. WUNC and WHQR have reports on Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin's recent trips to the state. NPR's Peter Overby reports that Obama and the DNC have spent about $5.2 million in North Carolina, while McCain has spent just more than $790,000. Our map currently shows Obama with a slight (+1.8) edge on McCain based on the RCP Poll Average.

In New Hampshire Obama's RCP Poll Average over McCain is in the double digits (+10.4). Rudin has changed the state from Tossup to Leans Democratic.

Indiana, a state where Bush crushed Kerry 59-39%, is surprisingly competitive for Obama. The RCP Poll Average still shows McCain up (+3.8), but the Obama camp has a lot of boots on the ground and ads on-air. Overby reports that Obama and the DNC have spent almost $4.1 million in Indiana, while McCain and the RNC have spent just under $247,000. By itself, the McCain camp has spent $458.

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