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Civitas poll offers first glimpse at NC’s downballot statewide primaries

Linda Coleman, candidate for lieutenant governor, is leading the four-way Democratic primary in a new Civitas poll.
Linda Coleman, candidate for lieutenant governor, is leading the four-way Democratic primary in a new Civitas poll. Linda Coleman

We’ve seen plenty of polling for the two top statewide races for governor and U.S. Senate, but there’s been little data on other Council of State contests on the March 15 ballot.

The conservative Civitas Institute released a poll Thursday showing what likely Democratic primary voters think of their party’s candidates for lieutenant governor, state treasurer and superintendent of public instruction.

The poll shows that the majority of Democrats surveyed are undecided on all three races, but the poll does show clear leaders among voters who have made up their minds.

In the four-way lieutenant governor primary, former state Rep. Linda Coleman leads with 15 percent. She benefits from name recognition because she was the party’s nominee for the post in 2012.

Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones got 7 percent, longtime state employee Robert Wilson had 4 percent, and Ron Newton was in last place with 3 percent. More than 60 percent of those surveyed were undecided.

The winner of the primary faces incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Republican.

For state treasurer, former Wake County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Blue III (whose father is state Sen. Dan Blue) had 20 percent, while CPA Ron Elmer got 10 percent. The winner of the primary will face Republican Dale Folwell in the race to succeed Democrat Janet Cowell, who isn’t seeking another term.

In the superintendent of public instruction race, incumbent Democrat June Atkinson leads with 33 percent support, while challenger Henry Pankey got just 7 percent.

The poll also asked Democrats about the primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Those results are available here.

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