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McCrory keeps lead on Dalton in new July poll

A new poll shows Pat McCrory keeping a lead over Walter Dalton in the race to be Governor A new poll shows Pat McCrory keeping a lead over Walter Dalton in the race to be Governor

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – Pat McCrory continues to hold a lead over chief rival Walter Dalton in the race to become the next Governor of North Carolina. A poll released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling puts the former Mayor of Charlotte ahead of the current Lieutenant Governor by a 43-36 margin, similar to the 47-40 lead McCrory had in a similar PPP poll in June.

The difference in this month's numbers is the presence of Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe, who pulls in 9% of the respondents. Polling done in June had McCrory and Dalton head-to-head, without Howe in the mix.  According to a release from PPP, Howe gained more support from Democrats (9%) than Republicans (5%), and takes 14% of independent voters. In June, McCrory lead 47-31 in those unaffiliated voters. July's poll shows his lead has grown to 47-25.

A good amount of respondents, 12%, still claim to be undecided on a candidate in the race. Experts say that could make for a tighter race as the general election draws near. "Pat McCrory has led by 6-7 points for three months now," Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a news release. "But the undecideds lean strongly Democratic so the race should tighten up between now and November."

PPP surveyed 775 North Carolina voters from July 5th to 8th for this poll. Click here to see the data.

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