Republican Mitt Romney holds a slight lead over Democrat Barack Obama in North Carolina, according to a new poll.
Romney leads Obama 47 percent to 45 percent, a gap that is within the margin of error, according to the Civitas Poll, which was conducted by a polling firm for a Raleigh-based conservative advocacy group. The results were similar to a poll taken for WRAL which showed Romney up 45 percent to 44 percent.
The Civitas Poll found that Romney had moved up substantially in North Carolina since a February survey.
This is largely because he is doing well among unaffiliated voters. The survey found that Romney is leading Obama among the unaffiliated voters 49 percent to 40 percent. In February he was down by 2 points among unaffiliated voters.
The spin: “In our first poll since the effective end of the Republican primary and after Democrats have started a barrage of attacks, Romney is not only competitive, but slightly ahead,” said Francis De Luca, Civitas president. “Romney’s poll numbers have stayed virtually unchanged in North Carolina, a key battleground state. On the other hand, Obama’s numbers seem to move in tandem with the economic news of the day.”
The poll of 600 registered voters was conducted May 19-20 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, N.J. and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.
Senator hosts book signing
Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible GOP vice presidential choice, will be at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh at 7:30 p.m. July 6 for a book signing.
The Florida senator will sign his book, “Marco Rubio, An American Son: A Memoir.” The event is free and open to the public. Rubio will sign books but will not be able to personalize them or pose for photographs.
Ellmers supports Romney
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers laid out her case last week for why constituents should vote for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney instead of President Obama.
In an Op-ed penned for the Fayetteville Observer, Ellmers cites Romney’s business experience and leadership of the Salt Lake City Olympics. She did not mention his time as governor of Massachusetts.
“When he took the helm of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Romney’s goal was to strengthen the games and make them a success, not blame what he inherited, ignore the future risks and move on,” Ellmers writes. “But this is exactly how Barack Obama managed his administration, which has prolonged and delayed our recovery. The credit cards are maxed, the excuses persist and we are left with the false hope of borrowing our way into prosperity.”
Norquist wades in on dentists
A conservative national political group led by Grover Norquist is wading into the North Carolina debate on whether to toughen regulations on the state’s dental industry.
Americans for Tax Reform sent a letter to lawmakers asking them to defeat Senate Bill 655, saying the bill “is an attempt to use the power of government to eliminate competition.”
The bill passed the Senate last year is awaiting action in the House.
A press release from the group notes North Carolina’s political battleground position and suggests if Republicans need to reject the bill “to avoid muddling their message and contradicting themselves.”
Staff writers Rob Christensen, Franco Ordoñez and John Frank
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