Barry Smith has an article out for Carolina Journal on the Republicans’ significant fundraising advantage here in North Carolina. It also includes quotes from a N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation conference on fundraising in the state, of which this is probably the most interesting observation:

“My party, as a Democrat, will never gain power again [in North Carolina] until they figure out a policy platform, and are able to community the policy platform that appeals to centrist voters, that appeals to an economic dynamic that will capture a moderate to pro-business, conservative Democrats and the independents,” [Democratic consultant Brad] Crone said.

Crone said he expected McCrory and Republican Mitt Romney to win in North Carolina. “I don’t see a path for victory for Walter Dalton,” he said.