Democrat Susan Evans’ campaign released a Public Policy Polling survey it commissioned showing that Evans is in a statistical tie with Republican incumbent Sen. Tamara Barringer of Cary in the Senate District 17 race.
According to the poll, Barringer, who is seeking her third full term, leads Evans, a Wake County Board of Education member, 41 percent to 38 percent. Libertarian Susan Hogarth had 10 percent, and 11 percent were undecided.
PPP, a Democratic-leaning firm, polled 595 voters in Senate District 17 from April 15-17. The poll had a 4 percentage point margin of error.
Unaffiliated voters preferred Evans by 34 percent to Barringer’s 27 percent.
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Evans played off the poll results in a fundraising email this week that highlights her 7 point lead with “critical unaffiliated voters.”
The poll found that 51 percent did not like the job the state Senate is doing, while 44 percent approved.