North Carolina, the Tarheel state ranked as the 23rd most Conservative state managed to give Obama a narrow victory in 2008 and award him 15 electoral votes. For the Republicans to gain 8 seats in the fall Burr must win his re-election bid.
In recent history North Carolina has elected the Breck Boy Senator John Edwards, John Kerry's VP pick, failed Presidential contender, an admitted adulterer, and the purveyor of a nonsensical deceitful race baiting view of two America's as his campaign theme.
The Tarheels also voted to elect one of the left's constant targets of derision and hate, staunchly Conservative Senator, Jesse Helms, who retired from the Senate in 2002 and died in July of 2008, to five successive terms in the United States Senate.
You would be hard pressed to find two more politically polar opposites elected to the Senate by the same state.
Formerly a stronghold for Republicans, the state is demographically rated nearly 7% more Republican than the national average and recent elections appear to defy that statistic.
Incumbent Republican Senator Burr faces a tough challenge to hold his seat, however, as a result of Senator Burr’s polling statistics for the last three months, Real Clear Politics has recently upgraded this race as a leans Republican seat for the fall election. As shown in this link: http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/04/21/nc-sen-poll-dems-cant-catch-up/.
Wouldn't it be delightful to see large numbers of naked roosting Democratic chickens.
There is also some in depth analysis of the North Carolina primaries here, http://www.electionprojection.com/blog/tags/ncsen_2010.php