Over at Facing South, Chris Kromm makes a compelling case that North Carolina’s status as a battleground state should be solidifed. (In other words, electoral maps should have N.C. shaded light–dare we say, Carolina–blue, or at least a neutral earth tone.) He’s got polling data to back him up: the latest PPP poll has Obama up 50-44 in North Carolina, for the first time extending his lead beyond the margin of error. Meanwhile, Bob Barr is polling at 2 percent.