The latest poll from Public Policy Poll puts Democrat Beverly Perdue ahead of
Republican Pat McCrory 47 to 44 percent in the race for governor. Libertarian Mike
Munger had the support of 5 percent of respondents. The poll of 1,036 likely voters,
taken Oct. 25-26, had a margin-of-error of plus or minus 2.8 percent. In the race for
state auditor, the poll put Democrat Beth Wood ahead of incumbent Republican Les
Merritt 44 to 41 percent. Democratic Secretary of State Elaine Marshall led
Republican Jack Sawyer 48 to 39 percent. Republican Commissioner of Agriculture
Steve Troxler led Democrat Ronnie Ansley 46 to 41 percent. A separate poll by the
Democratic polling firm shows Democrat Larry Kissell leading incumbent Republican
Robin Hayes 51 to 46 percent in the race for the 8th District congressional seat.
(THE INSIDER, 10/29/08).