Mitt Romney holds a 5-point edge over President Barack Obama in the coveted swing state of North Carolina, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
The poll was conducted June 29-July 1 by SurveyUSA on behalf of Civitas Institute, a conservative organization based in North Carolina. Romney earns the support of 50 percent of Tar Heel State voters, compared with 45 percent who prefer Obama. The presumptive Republican nominee enjoys massive support from North Carolina independents, topping Obama among the key voting bloc, 54 percent to 36 percent.
Obama carried North Carolina in 2008 and the selection of Charlotte to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention made it clear that the state figured prominently in the party's electoral outlook. The PollTracker Average currently shows Romney with a narrow advantage over Obama in North Carolina.