Team Obama expresses surprise at Romney's NC move

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Real Clear Politics changed the state from “toss up” to “lean Romney” on Thursday, due to his 5.6 percent polling advantage there. The state is seen as one of the toughest for Obama to hold on to this cycle, after winning the state by less than 14,000 votes in 2008.

Psaki also addressed concerns about Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Obama's leads have recently narrowed but where he still holds an edge.

She said the Romney campaign has basically camped out in Wisconsin since choosing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate. Obama won the state by 14 points in 2008 and no Republican has won there since Ronald Reagan. Today, Obama holds a 2-percent lead there.

Obama hasn’t been spending advertising dollars in Pennsylvania or Michigan. Obama holds a 4 to 5 percent lead in those states. Psaki said Pennsylvania isn’t seen as a vulnerability by the campaign because of the large Democratic registration advantage.

“The Romney campaign has pulled staff out of that state and sent them to Ohio and they are not spending a dime there,” she said. “So it seems surprising that that would be in a vulnerable category for us and we certainly don’t see it as one that is.”