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|Sanders, Biden lead NC Democratic presidential primary poll|
|Survey suggests close March 3 race|
|Published Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:21 am|
|PHOTO | TROY HULL|
|U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders leads polling of North Carolina's registered Democratic voters for the party's presidential nomination race with 25% compared to former vice president Joe Biden's 19%. Biden leads among voters most likely to cast ballots at 24% compared to Sanders' 20%. North Carolina's primary is March 3.|
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden lead the Democratic presidential field among North Carolina voters, according to a High Point University poll.
Among registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters who plan to cast ballots in the March 3 primary, Sanders leads Biden 25% to 19%. Biden, however, drew 24% support among voters most likely cast ballots compared to 20% for Sanders. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg grabbed 13% support, followed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 12% and Pete Buttigieg at 6%. Entrepreneur Tom Steyer and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar trailed at 3% each.
President Donald Trump has the support of 88% self-identified registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters who said they would cast ballots in the primary. Trump has the support of 91% of voters most likely to vote. His overall job approval rating is underwater with North Carolinians at 42% support compared to 50% who disapprove.
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“This poll looks ahead to Super Tuesday, March 3, when a number of important states like North Carolina will have their primaries,” says Martin Kifer, associate professor of political science and director of the HPU Poll. “As expected, we have an incumbent president with extremely high levels of support among those who will vote in the Republican primary and a very divided field on the Democratic side. The addition of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg makes it even more difficult to know what will happen in the coming weeks.”
In the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, former state senator Cal Cunningham leads the field with 29% among self-identified registered voters who plan to participate, followed by state Sen. Erica Smith (10%), Steven Swenson (5%) and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller (5%). Half of registered Democrats don’t have a preference.
In the Republican primary, incumbent Thom Tillis has the field covered with the support of 52% of self-identified registered voters, followed by Paul Wright (6%), Sharon Hudson (3%) and Larry Holmquist (2%). Thirty-eight percent expressed no preference. Tillis has a 31% approval rating, and 33% say they disapprove and 36% had no opinion.
Incumbent Gov. Roy Cooper has support of 69% of the self-identified registered voters who may vote in the Democratic primary, compared to Ernest Reeves at 10%. In the Republican primary, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has 54% support among registered voters compared to Holly Grange’s 10%. Thirty-six percent of Republican voters reported no preference.
Cooper’s approval rating is 40% compared to 33% disapproval and 27% with no opinion.
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