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Cooper-McCrory in virtual tie, CNN poll shows race narrowing

Posted October 17, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory, left, and Attorney General Roy Cooper debate the issues in the gubernatorial campaign on Oct. 11, 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.


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