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PPP - Governor's Race A Toss Up PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:24
Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest North Carolina poll continues to find close races for
all the major statewide office.
 
In the Governor's race Roy Cooper has a slight advantage with 43% to 42% for Pat McCrory, and 4% for Libertarian Lon Cecil. The poll's margin of error is +/- 3.4%. 
 
McCrory continues to be under water on his approval rating, now for 37 months running. 43% of voters give him good marks to 47% who disapprove. Opinions are pretty closely split three ways when it comes to Cooper with 36% of voters rating him favorably, 34% unfavorably, and 30% having no opinion either way.
 
HB2 continues to spell trouble for McCrory. Only 30% of voters in the state support it to 43% who are opposed. By a 12 point margin voters say the way
McCrory has handled the issue makes them less likely to vote for him- 43% less likely compared to only 31% who say it makes them more likely to support him.
 
“If not for HB2 Pat McCrory might be favored for reelection right now,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. 
 
The other key races for state offices in North Carolina all remain very competitive as well. T he Lieutenant Governor's race is dead even with incumbent Dan Forest and challenger Linda Coleman each at 37%. It's the same story in the key State Supreme Court contest with incumbent Bob Edmunds and challenger Mike Morgan each coming in at 21%.
 
Democrat Dan Blue III has 39% for State Treasurer to 37% for Republican Dale Folwell. Democrat Josh Stein has 39% for Attorney General to 38% for Republican Buck Newton. 
 
North Carolina's Senate race is close as well. Richard Burr leads with 41% to 37% for Deborah Ross, and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. The overarching themes of this race remain the same. Burr is not popular, with only 28% of voters approving of the job he's doing to 39% who disapprove. But Ross is still pretty much unknown, with only 39% of voters having an opinion about her one way or another.
 
Public Policy Polling surveyed 830 likely voters from August 5th to 7th. The margin of error is +/-3.4%.
80% of participants, selected through a list based sample, responded via the phone, while 20% of
respondents who did not have landlines conducted the survey over the internet through an opt-in internet
panel.
 
Wake and Forsyth Named Key Presidential Battlegrounds PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:31
Wake County Named Key Presidential Battleground
 
Wake and Forsyth County have been named as a major presidential election battleground.
 
POLITICO has identified Wake and Forsyth as major battlefront counties in North Carolina, which will be a key swing state this year. POLITICO reports Republican Donald Trump will need to cut into Clinton’s advantage in Wake County since Clinton is likely to roll up the score in Democratic Mecklenburg County.”
 
POLITICO noted that Trump lost in many of the counties it considers battlegrounds, including Wake, where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got the most votes in the March primary. Several GOP leaders in counties listed told the publication that Trump has reached out to them personally for advice.
 
 
 
 
Burr Still Supports Trump But Disagrees With Criticism of Gold Star Family PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:41
Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has distanced himself from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about the Muslim-American parents whose son died fighting in Iraq.
 
“There’s no place in America for this,” Burr told a Wilmington TV station Monday. “We need to thank those who commit the ultimate sacrifice, those who put on the uniform and defend this country and our ability to have elections, but I don’t think there will be anybody out there defending the statement that was made.”
 
At last week’s Democratic National Convention, Khizr Kahn lashed out at Trump, who has in the past called for a ban on Muslim immigration. Trump has since focused on immigrants from specific countries at risk for terrorism.
 
“You have sacrificed nothing and no one,” Khan said. “If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” he said about to his son.
 
Trump responded by saying Khan “viciously attacked” him.
 
In a statement, Burr said, “The parents and siblings of our fallen service members deserve the utmost respect – period – and the sacrifice made by their loved ones will never be forgotten.
 
“Captain Khan is an American hero in every sense of the term and the Khans deserve our sincerest gratitude.”
 
Burr has said he still supports Trump. 
 
GOP Executive Director Says Democrats Celebrate HB2 Economic Damage PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:48
North Carolina Republican Party executive director said at a news conference that emails released by WikiLeaks showed Democrats “celebrated” the economic damage caused by House Bill 2 and revealed “intentional sabotage” to the state’s economy by Democrats.
 
One of the emails said a Democratic Party staffer wrote “Awesome” in an email thread about the cancelation of a Pearl Jam concert. Another had a Democratic Party official refer to Gov. Pat McCrory as a “moronic little bigot of a tarheel governor.”
 
HB2 requires transgender people in government facilities to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate.
 
Claire Mahoney, Mecklenburg County GOP chair, said the Democrats were using the HB2 issue to create a “nationally orchestrated, nationally implemented” campaign to help Cooper and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.
 
The state Democratic Party dismissed the GOP’s allegations.
 
“There is no evidence to back up these ridiculous claims,” state Democratic Party spokesperson Dave Miranda said.
 
“The job losses and economic damage from HB2 are the responsibility of the GOP led legislature and the Republican governor who signed this bill,” Miranda said. “Now the GOP is turning around and pretending that Democrats are somehow responsible.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:50
 
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