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Poll: McCrory gains upper hand as election nears

Posted October 2, 2008

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— Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory has edged ahead of Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue in the gubernatorial race with less than five weeks until the election, according to a new WRAL News poll.

Polling firm Rasmussen Reports surveyed 700 likely voters statewide Tuesday and found that McCrory, the Republican candidate, holds a 50 to 46 percent lead over Perdue, the Democratic candidate. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll reverses the findings of a WRAL News poll taken in August, when Perdue held a 6-point lead. An Elon University poll released last month also showed the two candidates in a virtual dead heat, as did Thursday's results.

McCrory holds a decisive lead among independent voters, 61 to 33 percent, and there is a growing gender gap among voters.

Fifty-eight percent of men support McCrory, compared with 38 percent for Perdue, while Perdue holds a 52 to 44 percent lead among female voters. In the WRAL News poll two months ago, Perdue held a 54 to 39 percent lead among women, while McCrory led 50 to 42 percent among male voters.

The only segments of voters where Perdue holds a lead, according to the poll, are those under age 30, unmarried voters and those making either less than $20,000 or between $60,000 and $75,000 a year.


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  • squareWave Oct 7, 2008

    I think McCrory is clearly the best choice to lead the state out of this corrupt morass. A few other comments here have made mention of McCrory's alleged failures as the mayor of Charlotte. I live in Charlotte and am quite familiar with the crime and gas shortages some are attributing to McCrory.

    The crime problem is in the DA's office, not the mayor's. The state is not providing the resources (i.e. prosecutors) needed to put criminals away, and this is a problem not just in Charlotte but in other large NC cities. A mayor can only ask the state for help, it's the governor who can actually do something about it. I am confident that a Gov. McCrory *will* do something about it.

    As for the gas shortage, again what could the mayor do? He couldn't wave a magic wand 700 miles upstream on the Colonial pipeline. The eastern part of NC was not affected by this only because there gasoline comes in via seaport, not pipeline.

    If anything, blame the state's "gouging" law for creating shortages!

  • Weetie Oct 3, 2008

    More sad news....

  • beenc2 Oct 2, 2008

    What are some opinions of people on here of what will happen to state employees and teachers under McCrory? Mass layoffs? Yes I'm a state employee and while it's great to hear "less taxes," it's difficult to actually do that without a plan, which I haven't heard.

  • DrJ Oct 2, 2008

    I know he's probably got people advising him, but.......dang, I wish he'd at least link Democrat Perdue to the corruption that pervades the entire Democratic party in NC. Jim Black was for sale, and Mike Easley feasted at the public trough for grand vacations and a high paying job for his wife. Not only should this remind voters why they shouldn't be voting Democrat this year, but it might focus some attention back on Easley's wife's job, which shouldn't be allowed to just fall between the cracks as "yesterday's news."

  • john283594 Oct 2, 2008

    Well, he is much more likeable...

  • Willie_11 Oct 2, 2008

    I don't know djs8608 - read the story about Wachovia and Charlotte. 20,000 people working for Wachovia who will soon be out of a job. Mile long lines for gas when McCrory could have conserved. Increases in crime when McCrory is reducing spending on police. Those are 3 big ones and many more that you don't hear about.

    The question is What has McCrory done for Charlotte or NC for that matter.

    Another question is what has Bev done for the state?

  • Right_Is_Right Oct 2, 2008

    If we're going to have to suffer through Obama as President, I'll be happy to have Pat McCrory as our Governor. I just hope the Great Leader doesn't dismiss all of the country's governors in an effort to make the U.S. communist once and for all.

  • vote4changeASAP Oct 2, 2008

    Raleighrob, you vote based on a smirk? Newsflash, Raleigh isn't the only important city in NC. Grow up.

  • london12 Oct 2, 2008

    Bout time people came to their senses! Listen, everybody...for some reason this State thrives when we have a Democrat President and Republican Governor...happy days are here again!

  • Z Man Oct 2, 2008

    McCrory won this race months ago. The man addresses the issues and make sense. Purdue is full of superficial generalities. Who knows, McCrory for president in 2012!