Clinton Widens Lead In North Carolina

Phillip Stucky | Political Reporter

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton widened her lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump in North Carolina, according to the statewide New York Times Upshot/ Siena College poll published Tuesday.

Clinton earned 49 percent, compared to Trump’s 41 percent in the head-to-head poll. When the race is opened up to include “other,” 15 percent of likely voters select that option, leaving Clinton with 46 percent, and Trump with 39 percent support. Clinton lost 3 percent to a third party candidate, and Trump lost 2 percent.

Gov. Pat “Bathroom Bill” McCrory trails Democratic challenger Roy Cooper, earning 45 percent compared to Cooper’s 51 percent.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr trailed slightly in the poll, earning 46 percent compared to Democrat Deborah Ross’ 47 percent. 7 percent of likely voters were undecided in the race.

Clinton carries a 2.4 percent lead in the Real Clear polling average, potentially indicating huge gains. Clinton earned an average of 47.4 percent before the poll, and Trump earned 45 percent.

The state of North Carolina voted for President George W. Bush in 2000 and in 2004, although it voted for Obama in 2008 by a .3 percent margin. The state went to Romney in 2012.

The NYT Upshot poll included 792 likely voters, and ran from Oct. 20 through Oct 23. The poll carried a margin of error of 3.5 percent in either direction.

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