Cal Cunningham and Kenneth Lewis are gaining ground on Elaine Marshall in the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, according to a new poll.
Public Policy Polling asked 420 likely Democratic primary voters who they would pick for the nomination and 20 percent chose Marshall, the Secretary of State, while 16 percent chose Cunningham, a Lexington lawyer and 11 percent chose Lewis, a Chapel Hill lawyer.
The other Democrats running, Susan Harris, Marcus Williams and Ann Worthy combined for 6 percent while 47 percent have not yet made up their minds.
The news, though is that Cunningham and Lewis have made up a lot of ground. Last month, Marshall had 29 percent of the vote while Cunningham had 12 and Lewis had 5 percent.
The movement in the polls comes before the Democrats have started their advertising campaigns. PPP's Tom Jensen notes that all three major Democrats still appear to be unknown to most voters.
"For all intents and purposes this is likely to be a two or three week campaign in late April/early May when the candidates go on the air and the voters start getting more exposure to them and really thinking about the primary," Jensen said in a news release. "There's a plausible path to victory for all three of the front runners."
The margin of error of the March 12-15 survey was 4.8 percentage points.