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Poor Undecided -- he always starts out so strong in the polls, but he never wins an election. The Charlotte Observer has a new poll on the North Carolina governor's race:
Meanwhile, gubernatorial candidates have spent millions of dollars on TV ads. The Democratic race features Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and state Treasurer Richard Moore slugging it out.
The poll showed Moore apparently leading, with 25 percent to Perdue's 19 percent. But that isn't much of a gap, considering that the margin of sampling error is 4.9 percentage points. The poll also showed 53 percent of Democratic primary voters undecided.
Among Republican primary voters, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory led with 22 percent. State Sen. Fred Smith of Johnston County had 10 percent, while former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and Salisbury lawyer Bill Graham each had 3 percent.
In that race, 62 percent of voters are undecided.
The Observer article suggests that voters aren't focusing on the gubernatorial election because they're preoccupied with the presidential race. I'd also suggest that the pollster probably could have done a little more to push undecideds to say which way they lean.
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