It looks like North Carolina is in play…and not just for the presidential election.
New poll numbers from Monmouth University out Wednesday show the two presidential candidates locked in a statistical tie in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton leads Trump among likely North Carolina voters by two percentage points, 44% to 42%. Seven percent of those polled said they plan to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson and another 6 percent said they remain undecided. Respondents who identified as independent voters favored Trump, 44% to 30%, while 15% said they support Johnson.
Clinton holds a HUGE 63-point lead among African-American, Hispanic and Asian likely voters over Trump, 76% to 13%, while Trump has a 23-point lead with white voters likely to cast a ballot this November. Trump’s 23-point lead with white likely voters is smaller than the 37-point margin by which Mitt Romney won white North Carolina voters in 2012. Romney won North Carolina in 2012, but President Barack Obama won it in 2008, the first victory there for a Democrat since 1976.
But there is more good news, and that is the governor’s race. Current Republican Gov. Pat McCrory trails Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper by nine points, 52% to 43%. Poll respondents were split on McCrory’s performance as governor, with 45% saying they approve of the job he has done while 46% disapprove.
His most controversial legislation, a law requiring North Carolinians to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate, appears to be a drag on his reelection hopes. Fifty-five percent of those reached said they disapprove of the law, which many perceive as discriminatory towards the transgender community, while just 36 percent said they approve of it. Seventy percent of respondents said the law, which prompted the NBA to relocate its All-Star Game and PayPal to reconsider expanding operations in the state, has been bad for the state’s reputation. Of those who said they disapprove of the law, 72% are voting for Cooper, the Democrat.
And there’s more! Republican Sen. Richard Burr holds a two-point lead over Democratic state legislator Deborah Ross, placing the two in a statistical tie. Independents reached by the poll said they prefer Burr to Ross by a 15-point margin, 46% to 31%.
So North Carolina could end up with a Democratic president, senator, and governor in November. LET’S HOPE!