President Barack Obama says he is a “sucker” for the Tar Heels, but some political observers speculate his choices for the NCAA tournament might be more political.
Obama chose UNC to win this year’s tournament against favorite University of Kentucky. He also picked the Tar Heels in 2009 — the same year they won the tournament.
Of the teams he selected for the Final Four — Ohio State, Missouri, North Carolina and Kentucky — three are considered swing states.
According to Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning organization based in Raleigh, Obama leads Republican presidential candidate and frontrunner Mitt Romney by a three-point margin, 49 to 46, in North Carolina.
UNC journalism professor Ferrel Guillory said Obama has spent a lot of time in North Carolina and wants to gain the state’s 13 electoral votes.