A new Public Policy Polling survey shows Donald Trump with an eight-point gain in North Carolina over the past month.
Last month, the left-leaning PPP was the first in the nation to give Trump a lead, when he scored 16 percent in the state. He’s now at 24 percent, which puts him ahead of Ben Carson (14 percent), Jeb Bush (13 percent), Ted Cruz (10 percent), Marco Rubio (9 percent), and 6 percent each for Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker. At the bottom are Rand Paul (3 percent), Chris Christie and Rick Santorum (2 percent), John Kasich and Rick Perry (1 percent), and Jim Gilmore, Bobby Jindal and George Pataki with less than 1 percent. Lindsey Graham had no supporters.
Carson and Cruz also had upward momentum, according to PPP.
The poll found Hillary Clinton holding a steady lead with 55 percent to 19 percent for Bernie Sanders, 5 percent for Jim Webb, 2 percent for Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley, and 1 percent for Lawrence Lessig.
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Democratic primary voters who identify themselves as conservatives amount to a higher than usual 20 percent, the survey found. Among that group, Clinton only scores 26 percent.
The PPP survey of 957 voters was from Aug. 12 to 16, and included 477 Democratic primary voters and 406 Republican primary voters. The margin of error for the overall poll is 3.2 percentage points. Eighty percent of participants were surveyed by phone, 20 percent without land lines were polled over the internet.
Oh, we’ll go ahead and also report that a person who has filed with the Federal Elections Commission as an independent presidential candidate named “Deez Nuts” has received a fair amount of bemused media attention. Either that or the name alone was enough to pull 9 percent in North Carolina. Nuts also polled 8 percent in Minnesota and 7 percent in Iowa.