For a long time, North Carolina played a minimal role in the election of presidents. We watched from the sidelines and most candidates spent little time here. But that changed in 2008 when Barack Obama narrowly carried the state. In 2012, our electoral votes swung Republican. Now, we are considered to be in play – a battleground state that has become a “must win” for both candidates. Why this is happening and how this is likely to play out.