A new statewide poll shows the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate to be a dead heat.
Jim Neal, a Chapel Hill investment banker, is supported by 21 percent of likely voters, compared to state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro, with 18 percent, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WTVD-TV.
In the GOP primary for governor, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory led with 26 percent, followed by state Sen. Fred Smith with 18 percent, Salisbury attorney Bill Graham with 16 percent, and former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr with 12 percent.
The survey was taken by automated phone calls on March 8-10. There were 713 Democrats interviewed with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, and 403 Republicans interviewed with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.