After trailing by nearly double digits, Governor Pat McCrory now leads Democratic challenger Roy Cooper by one point, according to a Monmouth University poll. McCrory’s support for HB2 killed his popularity earlier this summer, but his performance in handling recent disasters gave him a boost at the polls.
“HB2 seemed to be the contest’s driving factor during the summer, but the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew may be a more immediate concern for many voters. This could be contributing to the swing in this race,” said said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
The poll also found that the presidential race in practically tied in North Carolina. Although, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads in early voters, Republican candidate Donald Trump will likely gain ground on election day when his supporters are most likely to vote.
In the Senate race, Republican incumbent Richard Burr widened his lead over former Democratic challenger Deborah Ross to six points.
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“This contest became a surprise entry on the list of close races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate. Burr seems to be holding off a tough challenge, at least for now,” said Murray said in Monmouth article.