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Romney campaign shifting NC resources elsewhere

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to voters at a rally in Simpsonville. (File/FOX Carolina) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to voters at a rally in Simpsonville. (File/FOX Carolina)
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is shifting resources and some workers out of North Carolina because it says it's becoming more confident of a victory in the state next month.

Campaign official Michael Levoff said Thursday the shift includes key senior staff in North Carolina, including chief spokesman Robert Reid. Levoff points to "increasingly widening polls" in the state for the move. He said the state's 24 Republican campaign offices will remain open and expects strong get-out-the-vote efforts to continue.

President Barack Obama's campaign said it would respond soon. There are 54 Democratic campaign offices supporting Obama. First lady Michelle Obama spoke Tuesday at a UNC-Chapel Hill rally.

Obama won the state in 2008 by about 14,000 votes -- the first time a Democrat won since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

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