It used to be election season in North Carolina was a ho-hum affair. Republicans have dominated the state in presidential elections in recent years, so much so most presidential candidates don’t bother campaigning in the Tar Heel state. Not so this year. Barack Obama has spent $5 million in N.C. while McCain has spent $1 million. Change is happening elsewhere in the state as well. In one recent poll, Kay Hagen is up a whopping five points on incumbent senator Elizabeth Dole. And in the race for governor, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is leading Bev Perdue by a narrow margin. There have been only two republican governors of North Carolina in the past 100 years.