Obama and Romney each earns 48 percent support in the Tar Heel State, according to a survey from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling released Monday.

That’s in line with the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which shows Romney edging Obama by 1 percentage point, 46 to 45.

Romney’s favorability rating in North Carolina has improved. In June he was at 41 percent positive and 46 negative, but he sits at 47 positive and 46 negative in the current poll.

Romney has a significant lead among independents in North Carolina, who prefer him 51-40 over Obama.

North Carolina is one of 12 key swing states the president won in 2008 that the GOP is looking to reclaim. Democrats arrived in the state this weekend for their convention, which officially begins on Tuesday.

Obama defeated Sen. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Cybersecurity: Bad Russian intel may have swayed Comey's handling of Clinton probe | Apple sees spike in data requests | More subpoenas for Flynn | DOJ's plan for data warrants McCain: Dems killed Lieberman’s FBI shot When education is an ignored national security matter MORE (R-Ariz.) in the state by less than 1 percentage point in 2008, the first time North Carolina had voted for the Democratic presidential candidate since 1976.