A new survey by Rasmussen Reports shows North Carolinians favoring Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama by 49 percent, with Republican John McCain at 47 percent. One percent said “some other candidate” and two percent said they were unsure.
Libertarian Bob Barr, the only third-party candidate on the ballot, was not included in polling questions.
“This is the first time in eight Rasmussen Reports polls that Obama has held any kind of a lead in North Carolina, though the candidates were tied once as well,” the pollsters write.
Two recent polls by the conservative Civitas Institute and Democratic firm Public Policy Polling have shown the race as essentially tied.
The survey of 500 likely voters was taken on Sept. 23. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
GOP governors' group plans new anti-Perdue ads
The Republican Governors Association is planning a new ad campaign in North Carolina.
Set to begin Friday, the new campaign follows criticism of the association's last ad that caused two TV stations to pull it from the air. WLOS-TV in Asheville and WXLV-TV in Winston-Salem – both owned by Sinclair Broadcasting – stopped running the last ad after a complaint from Beverly Perdue's campaign.
RGA spokesman Chris Schrimpf said Thursday that the group's new ad will be different from the earlier ad but will follow the same theme, tying Perdue to the Raleigh status quo.
Jack Connors, general manager for WLOS, had said earlier Thursday that the RGA had changed its last ad to meet the scrutiny of Sinclair's attorneys. Schrimpf said that is incorrect and that the new ad has nothing to do with the last one.
A copy of the new ad will be made public Friday, Schrimpf said.