Donald Trump took the state for the Republicans in 2016, winning over Hillary Clinton by 3.6 per cent. With a rapidly increasing suburban, college-educated population, the Tar Heel state’s 13 Electoral College seemed firmly in play for Joe Biden.
When will we know the result?
With Mr Trump’s current lead, it looks highly likely he will win North Carolina. The state has declared 99 per cent of their results, with Mr Trump taking 50.1 per cent, and Mr Biden taking 48.7 per cent of votes.
The only factor which could now change that lead is the number of mail in ballots, with up to 170,000 votes potentially left to count, as North Carolina accepts votes that were cast on or before election day until the 12 November.
The vast majority of votes that have been reported so far in North Carolina are early votes, meaning that the numbers are – in theory – more favourable towards Mr Biden based on his strong performance with mail in ballots in other swing states.
But election officials are uncertain they will receive the full number of ballots by the deadline, and the 32,000 mail in votes already received have to be validated by county officials before being added to the tally.
A further 41,000 provisional ballots, votes cast if there is a problem with voting in person, might not end counting towards the final count either as officials must decide whether voters are eligible.
The Associated Press reported that the Republican party were pushing North Carolina election officials for more accurate data in order to work out how many ballots could be counted.
In North Carolina, Republican Senator Thom Tillis declared victory over his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham. But the race had not been called, with Mr Tillis leading by less than two percentage points. State election officials said no further results would be available until November 12 at the earliest, when all mail-in ballots are received and counted.