RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina voters are ready to decide whether to put a Republican in the Executive Mansion for the first time since 1993 and to give Democrats a winning streak for president in the state.
Voting precincts statewide prepared to open Tuesday morning on Election Day. North Carolina voters will elect a new governor, members of the Council of State, the U.S. House delegation and the Legislature. They also will pick a justice on the Supreme Court and three Court of Appeals judges in addition to scores of local positions.
Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton are the leading candidates to become the next governor.
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney competed for the state's 15 electoral voters. Obama won four years ago, marking the first Democrat since 1976.
North Carolina polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST.
Source: The Associated Press