The Associated Press today echoes the call Facing South made yesterday -- that Barack Obama will win the presidential race in North Carolina.

As we had pointed out in several posts, John McCain faced nearly impossible odds of making up his vote deficit with the remaining 40,000-some provisional ballots that remained to be counted. The AP agreed today:
The Associated Press declared Obama the winner Thursday after canvassing counties in North Carolina to determine the number of outstanding provisional ballots.

That survey found that there are not enough remaining ballots for Republican John McCain to close a 13,693-vote deficit.
Facing South estimated that McCain would need to win over 70% of the provisional ballots to overtake Obama.

The North Carolina victory brings Barak Obama's total Electoral College votes to 364 and constituted the unprecedented third Southern state he won this year.