Gov. Mitt Romney apparently did not receive a bump in North Carolina after his strong debate performance last week, a new poll suggests.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday found Romney leading President Barack Obama in North Carolina by a 51-48 percent margin. The survey was taken Oct. 9th, about a week after the debate.
That is about the same lead Romney had in the last Rasmussen Reports poll taken before the debate. That survey, conducted Oct 2nd, showed Romney leading Obama by a 51 to 47 percent margin.
Romney has held steady at 51 percent support throughout the fall, while Obama's support has inched up from 45 percent in September to 47 percent a week ago and 48 percent now, according to Rasmussen.
Rasmussen, which generally has findings slightly more favorable to Republicans than other polls, says the race remains a toss-up.
The survey of 500 voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.