Elections

Clinton’s NC lead widens in polling average; Senate, governor races stay tight

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Wake Tech Community College nursing student graduate Christine Bonaventure smile as they salute the crowd in Raleigh, N.C. Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Wake Tech Community College nursing student graduate Christine Bonaventure smile as they salute the crowd in Raleigh, N.C. Tuesday, September 27, 2016. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Democrat Hillary Clinton’s increasing lead in national polls is also reflected in polls of likely voters in North Carolina – a key swing state that Republican Donald Trump needs to win the election.

As of Tuesday afternoon, RealClearPolitics’s polling average has Clinton with a 2.7 percentage point lead over Trump (46 percent for Clinton, 43.3 percent for Trump and 5.8 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson).

Clinton took the lead in the polling average on Oct. 3, and her lead has been growing ever since. Trump had led the North Carolina average in the final weeks of September.

In the Senate race, Sen. Richard Burr has a 1.8 percentage point lead over Democrat Deborah Ross, a shift from a brief period in late September and early October when Ross had a tiny lead for the first time in the campaign.

In the governor’s race, RealClearPolitics has Democrat Roy Cooper with a 3 percentage point lead over Republican Gov. Pat McCrory (49 percent for Cooper, 46 percent for McCrory). That’s down slightly from Cooper’s 4.6 percentage point lead a week ago, thanks to several polls that indicate the race is getting tighter.

RealClearPolitics has included several newly released polls in the average, prompting the shifts: CNN/ORC International, NBC/Wall Street Journal, Suffolk University and Emerson College.

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