RALEIGH, N.C. -- The outcome of this year's presidential race in North Carolina isn't much clearer than it was before Election Day 2008.
The campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney head into the final weekend before Election Day enthusiastic and talking like they're a few more days away from winning the state's 15 electoral votes.
Both sides find optimism in early-voting data and polls, but they're hard pressed to predict anything beyond a slim victory.
Obama won North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008 over John McCain, a first for Democrats since 1976. Republicans have built their get-out-the-vote operation this year to attempt to compete with Obama's extensive organization.
Volunteers were expected this weekend to contact voters and take many to vote before in-person early voting ends Saturday afternoon.