Romney pulling staff out of North Carolina

A sign of how confident Mitt Romney is about winning North Carolina — his campaign is shifting staffers out of the state. The News & Observer reports

Among those are who are being posted elsewhere in the final weeks of the campaign is Robert Reid, the chief Romney spokesman in North Carolina. “With the increasingly widening polls in North Carolina, we will continue to allocate resources, including key senior staff, to other states,” said Michael Levoff, a Romney campaign spokesman.

But Romney's campaign is still spending heavily on ads in North Carolina, and the campaign did not say how many staffers are actually being moved. 

"The Romney team doesn't ask me for advice, but pulling resources out of a state where early vote started today and there were lines wrapped around block to vote for the president when you have a narrow path to 270 doesn't seem like a smart strategy," Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in response to the announcement. 

National Journal has reported that Obama's campaign, worried about North Carolina, Virginia  and Florida, is "circling the wagons around Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire  and Nevada."

Psaki pushed back Wednesday, telling reporters the story was "absolutely not" true and that in North Carolina the campaign "has one of our best ground games in the country."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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