Most recent polls have shown Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton in the swing state of North Carolina, but a new poll shows the Republican ahead by three points.
A Suffolk University poll of likely voters released Thursday has Trump at 44 percent, Clinton at 41 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4 percent. Eight percent are undecided. (Green Party nominee Jill Stein will not be on the state’s ballot).
“North Carolina is very close, and so is the gender gap margin, though it’s not quite working in Hillary Clinton’s favor with Johnson in the mix,” said David Paleologos, the director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center.
The poll surveyed 500 likely voters from Sept. 5-7 using live telephone interviews and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
Barack Obama won North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes in 2008, but lost the state to Mitt Romney in 2012.