The storylines of the 2012 election results could be not more different when you compare the rest of the country to North Carolina.
President Obama was reelected overwhelmingly and Democrats gained seats in the U.S. Senate in a year when Republicans though they had a chance to reclaim the majority. Voters in Maryland and Maine approved marriage equality. It looks like it will also pass in the state of Washington. Minnesota voters defeated a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.