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Poll: Alma Adams leads 12th Congressional District Democrats
Incumbent favored by 37 percent in survey
Published Monday, April 18, 2016 7:00 pm
by Herbert L. White

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Alma Adams leads the 12th Congressional District Democratic field, according to a poll commissioned by her campaign.

The poll by EMC Research reports shows Adams lead former N.C. senator Malcolm Graham 37 percent to 28 percent. State Reps. Tricia Cotham and Carla Cunningham are third and fourth with 11 percent and 3 percent while Rick Miller has 2 percent. Gardenia Henley and N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore each registered 1 percent of the vote. Another 18 percent of likely June 7 Democratic primary voters remain undecided.

"Congresswoman Alma Adams is well-known and well liked in the 12th Congressional District," said Sam Spencer, Adams' campaign manager. "Voters know about her hard work for Charlotte in Congress, and are poised to send her back to Washington to keep fighting for us."

The results have an overall margin of error of 4.9 percentage points and were weighted in order to resemble demographics of the Democratic primary. The telephone survey included landlines and mobile phones.

The survey, conducted April 4-7 among 400 likely Democratic voters, found 68 percent have a favorable opinion of Adams, 5 unfavorable and 28 percent no opinion. The freshman representative has the highest favorability rating of any candidate.

The 12th and 1st congressional districts were found by a federal court to be unconstitutional because they diluted the voting strength of African American voters in surrounding districts. The reconfigured 12th takes in Mecklenburg County only as opposed to the snakelike district that stretched from Charlotte to Greensboro. Blacks make up 35 percent of the redrawn 12th.


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