Republican Pat McCrory is maintaining his lead over Democrat Walter Dalton, with the flurry of negative ads having had no effect on the race, according to a new poll.
McCrory leads Dalton by a 47-40 percent margin, nearly identical to the 46-40 percent margin he held in May, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh.
McCrory is holding his lead despite a spate of negative ads. The Democratic Governors Association has run negative ads questioning whether McCrory used his position as mayor to get a financially lucrative position on a corporate board. The Republican Governor's Association has run ads tying Dalton, the lieutenant governor to an unpopular Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
Neither McCrory's or Dalton's favorability ratings have been effected in the last month, the poll found.
The spin: “Pat McCrory remains the favorite but this race is closer than it was three months ago,” said Dean Debnam, the polling firm's president. “Walter Dalton's post-primary bounce has held up over the last month.''
The survey of 810 North Carolina voters was conducted June 7-10 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.