Candidates Tied In Tightening North Carolina Gubernatorial Race

Matt Born

Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper are tied among likely North Carolina voters in new poll of the state's gubernatorial election from Elon University.

Cooper previously held several-point leads over the current governor, but recent polls suggest the 2016 gubernatorial race in North Carolina is tightening.

The two candidates are tied at 44 percent, with Libertarian candidate Lon Cecil polling at 1 percent.

Cooper, current Attorney General of the state, previously held a four-point lead over McCrory, 48-44, when Elon University last surveyed likely North Carolina voters in September.

The Elon University poll was conducted via live telephone interview from Oct. 23-27 among 710 likely North Carolina voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.

TPM's PollTracker Average for the North Carolina gubernatorial election shows a tossup, with Cooper leading McCrory, 46.1 to 44.9.

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