The presidential race in North Carolina remains very tight, despite millions spent on TV ads by both sides, according to a new poll.
Republican challenger Mitt Romney leads Democratic President Barack Obama by a 49-48 percent margin, which is within the margin of error, according to a new poll taken for the Civitas Institute, a conservative advocacy group based in Raleigh.
That is similar to a poll taken earlier this month taken by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning group,which showed Obama leading Romney by a 47-46 percent margin, also with in the margin of error.
The Civitas Poll found that Obama's unfavorable rating had risen to 50 percent in the state from 48 percent in May. His favorability rating had fallen to 47 percent, down from 50 percent in May.
Romney's unfavorable's in the state have also risen from May from 42 percent to 44 percent. But his favorable ratings have risen from 47 to 50 percent.
The spin: Francis DeLuca, Civitas president: “The number of voters who say they have a 'very unfavorable' view of President Obama has gone up 6 percentage points to 43 percent just since May. Meanwhile, through Romney has been hit with a barrage of attack ads, in those two months his favorable rating crept up two points to 50 percent. Now he's also closing in on a majority when voters indicate who they'd vote for.''
The poll of 600 North Carolina voters was conducted July 16-18 by National Research, Inc., Holmdel, N.J. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
UPDATE: Romney has lost ground from a Civitas Flash Poll taken June 29-July1 after the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law, which had Romney leading Obama in the state by a 50-45 percent margin.