But a $1 million spending advantage for the Democrat has turned the race into a dead heat.
North Carolina is a dead heat, but with Obama usually ahead by a figure within the margin of error.
Right before the Feb. 22 presidential debate, he and Romney were in a dead heat in Arizona.
A tied race, contest, etc: The election ended in a dead heat
[1796+ Horse racing; fr dead, ''absolute, total, thorough,'' related to the finality of death, and heat, ''a single course of a race,'' related either to a single firing or heating of a mass of metal, or to the heating of the body in running, or to both]