Cooper-McCrory in virtual tie, CNN poll shows race narrowing
Posted October 17, 2016
Democrat Roy Cooper's lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has narrowed to just a single percentage point, according to a statewide survey of likely North Carolina voters release Monday by CNN.
The survey shows Cooper with 49% and McCrory with 48%t among likely voters. Among registered voters, Cooper leads McCrory 49%-47%. In August Cooper led McCrory 52% to 46% among likely voters and similarly among registered voters. The most recent survey was conducted from Oct. 10 through Oct. 15 -- a time when McCrory has regularly been in the news on connection with the impact of Hurricane Matthew and massive flooding in North Carolina.
Among likely voters, Cooper is capturing 41% of white voters' support -- above the 35% many analysts consider the minimum a Democrat must capture to win in North Carolina.