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North Carolina Governor

Candidates

Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory (R)

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Beverly Perdue

Beverly Perdue (D)

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North Carolina Snapshot

RCP Senate Ranking: Toss Up

Senate Race: Hagan (D) vs. Dole (R)*
Governor Race: Perdue (D) vs. McCrory (R)
Presidential Race:
Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races: NC-8


Key 2006 State Races: NC-11

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMcCrory (R)Perdue (D)Spread
Final Results----46.950.3Perdue +3.4
RCP Average10/22 - 11/2--45.047.0Perdue +2.0
SurveyUSA10/30 - 11/2682 LV4748Perdue +1
Research 200010/28 - 10/30600 LV4449Perdue +5
Associated Press/GfK10/22 - 10/26601 LV4444Tie

All North Carolina Governor Polling Data

Race Summary

The popular Mike Easley was term limited. Running to keep the governorship in Democratic hands was Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Treasurer Richard Moore. Perdue came out of the primary with a 16-point victory over Moore.

The Democratic primary campaign was matched in competitiveness on the GOP side. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the favorite among national Republicans, finished with a 46%-37% win over state Sen. Fred Smith. Also running on the GOP side was ex-NC Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and businessman Bill Graham

The general election will likely be a close match between Perdue and McCrory. Early general election polls showed the two running even.

Previous Elections

Governor
2004: Easley 56, Ballantine 43
2000: Easley 52, Vinroot 46

President
2004: Bush 56, Kerry 44
2000: Bush 56, Gore 43
1996: Dole 49, Clinton 44

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 9,061,032 
Registered Voters: Dem 44.8% | Rep 34.3% | Other 20.9%
Occupation: Blue Collar 29.7% | White Collar 56.0% | Gray Collar 14.3%
Race: White 70.2% | Black 21.4 % | Hispanic 4.7% | Asian 1.4%

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMcCrory (R)Perdue (D)Spread
Final Results----46.950.3Perdue +3.4
RCP Average10/22 - 11/2--45.047.0Perdue +2.0
PPP (D)10/31 - 11/22100 LV4849Perdue +1
SurveyUSA10/30 - 11/2682 LV4748Perdue +1
Research 200010/28 - 10/30600 LV4449Perdue +5
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)10/27 - 10/29600 LV4345Perdue +2
PPP (D)10/25 - 10/261038 LV4447Perdue +3
Associated Press/GfK10/22 - 10/26601 LV4444Tie
Mason-Dixon10/22 - 10/24800 LV4446Perdue +2
Rasmussen10/23 - 10/23700 LV5147McCrory +4
WSOC-TV10/20 - 10/21500 LV4444Tie
SurveyUSA10/18 - 10/20627 LV4643McCrory +3
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)10/18 - 10/20600 LV4343Tie
PPP (D)10/18 - 10/191200 LV4448Perdue +4
Research 200010/14 - 10/15LV4348Perdue +5
PPP (D)10/11 - 10/121196 LV4445Perdue +1
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)10/6 - 10/8600 LV4341McCrory +2
WSOC-TV10/6 - 10/7500 LV4346Perdue +3
SurveyUSA10/5 - 10/6617 LV4645McCrory +1
PPP (D)10/4 - 10/51202 LV4346Perdue +3
Rasmussen9/30 - 9/30700 LV5046McCrory +4
PPP (D)9/27 - 9/281041 LV4441McCrory +3
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)9/17 - 9/20600 LV4341McCrory +2
PPP (D)9/17 - 9/191060 LV4344Perdue +1
Research 20009/8 - 9/10600 LV4742McCrory +5
PPP (D)9/9 - 9/9626 LV4041Perdue +1
SurveyUSA9/6 - 9/8671 LV4941McCrory +8
Democracy Corps (D)8/20 - 8/26852 LV4646Tie
PPP (D)8/20 - 8/23904 LV3843Perdue +5
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)8/14 - 8/17600 RV4143Perdue +2
Rasmussen8/13 - 8/13700 LV4551Perdue +6
SurveyUSA8/9 - 8/11655 LV4447Perdue +3
PPP (D)7/23 - 7/27823 LV3746Perdue +9
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)7/14 - 7/16600 RV4043Perdue +3
SurveyUSA7/12 - 7/14676 LV4647Perdue +1
PPP (D)6/26 - 6/291048 LV4142Perdue +1
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)6/11 - 6/13600 RV4143Perdue +2
Rasmussen6/10 - 6/10500 LV4647Perdue +1
PPP (D)5/28 - 5/29543 LV3943Perdue +4
SurveyUSA5/17 - 5/19713 LV4552Perdue +7
Civitas/TelOpinion (R)5/14 - 5/17800 LV4243Perdue +1
PPP (D)5/8 - 5/9616 LV4545Tie
Rasmussen5/8 - 5/8500 LV4539McCrory +6
Rasmussen3/20 - 3/20500 LV4245Perdue +3

All Commentary & News Stories

- Race Is Surprisingly Tight - AP

- McCrory, Perdue Preach Open Government - Raleigh News & Observer

- Ad Pits McCrory Against Rural N.C - Raleigh News & Observer

- McCrory, Perdue Differ on Charter Schools - Charlotte Observer

- Union Dollars Benefit Democrats - Raleigh News & Observer

- Gov's First Test May Be Legislature - Raleigh News & Observer

- Race For Governor Remains Close - Raleigh News & Observer