Even though Republicans are surging against Democrat Kay Hagan, new poll numbers show the party remains undecided on the best candidate.
House Speaker Thom Tillis leads the GOP primary field with 20 percent of the vote, followed by Charlotte pastor Mark Harris at 14 percent and tea party candidate Greg Brannon at 11, according to numbers released this week by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in Raleigh.
Compared to a month ago, all three candidates numbers improved. Wilkesboro nurse Heather Grant, a lesser-known candidate, received 8 percent in the November poll, which was conducted before Winston-Salem radio host Bill Flynn entered the race.
But nearly half — 47 percent — of Republican primary voters remain undecided, the poll found.
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Among primary voters who know the GOP field, Tillis has the highest favorability but all the the highest unfavorability. Opinions of the Cornelius lawmaker are essentially split, again with most unsure.
A geographical breakdown shows Tillis is strongest in the Raleigh and Charlotte area codes with Harris getting the bulk of his support in Charlotte. The poll was conducted Nov. 8-11 and surveyed 498 Republican primary voters by automated phone calls.