PPP: McCrory's lead in NC governor's race unchanged
Updated: 08/08/2012 01:28 PM
By: Ben McNeely, news14.com
The latest numbers from Public Policy Polling in the gubernatorial race shows little change, with GOP candidate Pat McCrory leading Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton 45 percent to 38 percent.
Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe has 7 percent.
That shows no change in the last three polls taken.
McCrory is benefiting from a couple of things:
- Popularity with independents: McCrory leads Dalton, 46 percent to 32 percent, among unaffiliated voters, arguably the most important voting bloc.
- A unified base: Republicans are surging in North Carolina and are backing their nominated candidates in a big way. PPP reports that 79 percent of Republicans asked say they will vote for McCrory. Compare that with 64 percent of Democrats who said they are voting for Dalton.
Negatives perceptions for both candidates have increased, as negative campaign ads early in the race have taken their toll. In his first ad airing statewide this week, McCrory was trying to look post-partisan and above the fray.
Dalton could still benefit from a strong Obama ground game in the Land of the Pine.
But really, it's McCrory's race to lose.
Read full results, including the latest numbers in the Council of State races, click here.
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