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Polls show tight governor's race

Rival polls on Wednesday arrived at the same bottom line on the governor's race: It's very tight.

A recent survey by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Democrat Bev Perdue with 48 percent, Republican Pat McCrory with 44 percent and Libertarian Mike Munger with four percent. Five percent were undecided, and Perdue's advantage is within the margin of error.

A poll over the same period by the conservative Civitas Institute had Perdue and McCrory tied at 43 percent, with 12 percent still undecided. Munger had two percent.

“The race for governor could certainly still go either way, but the momentum is in Bev Perdue's direction right now,” said PPP president Dean Debnam.

“This race could not get any closer,” said Civitas executive director Francis De Luca. “Neither candidate has been able to gain any significant lead.” (Raleigh) News & Observer

Today at Mallard Creek: Barbecue and politicians

It's the fourth Thursday of October, so it must be time for the Mallard Creek Barbecue.

For the uninitiated, the barbecue in northern Mecklenburg is the yearly “candidate meet and greet” that serves up barbecue and Brunswick stew, politicians – and generous helpings of tradition.

This is the 79th.

Back in 1929, just as the country fell into the Great Depression, members of Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church finished building their first Sunday school rooms. The contractor had to be paid, so the deacons threw together a barbecue and sold off meat from three or four pigs and a goat.

Today, they'll barbecue 14,000 pounds of pork, stir up 2,500 gallons of Brunswick stew and two tons of slaw, brew 400 gallons of coffee – and expect 20,000 people to buy and eat it all. The serving starts at 10 a.m.

All the while, about two dozen candidates for everything from county commission to governor are expected to stand along a rope line offering handshakes and stickers.

Plates (barbecue, Brunswick stew, slaw and apple sauce) are $9. So is a pound of barbecue or a quart of stew. Sandwiches are $3.

The event is at the old Mallard Creek Community House, at 11400 Mallard Creek Road. Proceeds go to local and world missions and the church building fund.

David Perlmutt

Republican TV ad pits Moore against Perdue

Democrat Bev Perdue is being criticized in a new Republican television ad by her Democratic gubernatorial primary rival.

The Republican Governors Association unveiled Wednesday a TV commercial with footage from a debate between Perdue and State Treasurer Richard Moore.

Moore calls Perdue “someone who has led the go-along, get-along club in Raleigh for 20 years.” Moore endorsed Perdue after the May primary.

The Perdue campaign also has a new ad suggesting GOP nominee Pat McCrory is “not for all of us” and would divide urban and rural interests if elected. Associated Press

Hunt to campaign for Obama in Lumberton

Former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt is campaigning again for Barack Obama.

He joined former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus for a stop this morning in Wilson. Hunt is also joining Mabus in Goldsboro at 10:15 a.m. Mabus next goes to Kinston for an economic roundtable at 12:45 and then to Lumberton at 5 p.m.

Though he stayed neutral in the Democratic primary, Hunt has campaigned vigorously for Obama in recent weeks.

Hunt has said he isn't interested in a position in the Obama administration, although he's frequently been mentioned as a possible education secretary over the years. Hunt is the longest-serving governor in state history, with administrations from 1977 to 1985 and again from 1993 to 2001. (Raleigh) News & Observer

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