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NC goes red again, pairs with SC for Romney

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Mitt Romney has won over voters in the Carolinas as North Carolina turns back red for the Republicans, joining South Carolina to back Romney.

Romney won the state and its 15 electoral votes Tuesday, four years after President Barack Obama picked up a surprise win for the Democrats by 14,000 votes.

The GOP had won every other presidential race in the state since 1980. With most precincts reporting, Romney led by about 90,000 votes.

South Carolinians also voted in favor of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, based on early returns and exit polling.  

The solidly Republican state voted Tuesday to award its nine electoral votes to Romney.  

Since Romney's nomination, South Carolina has been considered firmly in his camp.  

For the first time in 30 years, South Carolina didn't choose the eventual GOP nominee during its primary, instead backing former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Obama tried hard to keep the North Carolina for the Democrats. He visited more than a dozen times, the last trip in September when the Democrats nominated him again at their national convention in Charlotte.

But Republicans made significant gains in the 2010 midterm elections and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory got 55 percent of the vote Tuesday to be the first Republican to win the governor's race in 20 years.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley supported Romney early on, campaigning for the nominee in battleground states but saying repeatedly she would refuse any job offer in a Romney administration.  

Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers.

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