(CNN) - The presidential race in North Carolina is neck and neck between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney, a new survey released Monday indicates.
The Elon University Poll shows the two candidates tied at 45% apiece in the Tar Heel State, where 15 electoral votes are up for grabs
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Several recent surveys indicated Romney with a slight advantage in the state, and in a sign of confidence about their chances there, the Romney campaign recently began shifting some staffers out of North Carolina and into Ohio and other key states.
Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said on a conference call with reporters on Monday the incumbent believes North Carolina is "very much in play."
"We've added money over the last few weeks on television there and we're going after it," he said. "We're going to do everything within our power to win the state of North Carolina."
While the Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte, Obama has not campaigned in the state since his nomination acceptance speech at the convention in early September.