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With state on verge of passing controversial anti-gay measure, President Obama cancels trip to NC

By on May 8, 2012

President Obama was scheduled to visit North Carolina today but the White House abruptly canceled, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

“The false alarm isn’t unprecedented — but the fact the White House even considered visiting the state on primary election day is interesting. A controversial vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and civil unions is on today’s ballot. Obama issued a statement against the amendment earlier this year — but polls show it is likely to win by a solid margin.”

Meanwhile, First Read suggests President Obama’s “evolving” position on same sex marriage may be about appeasing suburban voters.

“Among suburban voters, a key electoral group, it was just a narrow plurality in favor, 45%/43%, in March. Granted, that’s a 19-point shift from 37% favor, 54% opposed. But it’s also a group Obama won in 2008 (50%-48%), which in the same March poll said it preferred Romney (49%-43%). And that’s despite Obama leading overall in the poll (51%-44%)…”

“In other words, Obama’s coalition of Democrats, black voters, women, Hispanics and urban voters are all intact — and in favor of gay marriage. But swing voters, especially suburban voters are still split — as is Obama, apparently.”