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National poll gives Cooper, Burr edge

Gubernatorial candidates spar over HB2 and the economy

In the first debate of what’s expected to be a tight governor’s race, Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper clashed Friday on House Bill 2, education and the economy.
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In the first debate of what’s expected to be a tight governor’s race, Gov. Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper clashed Friday on House Bill 2, education and the economy.

A recent national poll puts N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper ahead of Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr over challenger Deborah Ross.

Democrat Cooper leads the Republican governor 49-45 percent, according to the NBC News, Wall Street Journal and Marist College poll, released Friday.

The poll found Republican Burr leading Democrat Ross 48-41 percent.

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in North Carolina 42-36 in the presidential race, while Libertarian Gary Johnson had 7 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein 2 percent.

The poll, which also surveyed other battleground states Florida, Colorado and Virginia, found the leading presidential candidates unpopular: Democrat Clinton had an unfavorable rating of 58 percent, while Republican Trump’s unfavorable rating was at 61 percent.

“With 66 electoral votes at stake in these four states, Donald Trump is playing catch-up against Hillary Clinton,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

The polling was conducted July 5-11 and included 907 registered voters in North Carolina, with a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points. The survey didn’t specifically measure respondents who are likely to vote. Political statistician Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has given the poll an A- for historical accuracy.

Campaign finance reports show Cooper and Burr leading their opponents, even though Ross outpaced Burr this past quarter. Cooper raised $5.1 million in the second quarter and has $9.4 million cash on hand. McCrory raised $3.2 million and has $6.3 million on hand.

Ross raised $2.1 million in the second quarter, compared to Burr’s $1.6 million. Burr, however, has $7 million going ahead, and Ross $1.9 million.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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