The closely watched and highly funded race for the N.C. Supreme Court has tightened, according to a new poll.
Sam Ervin IV, a judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals, leads N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby by a 38-32 percent margin, according to a new poll commissioned the Civitas Institute, a Raleigh-based conservative advocacy group.
Although officially non-partisan, Republicans have rallied to Newby to make sure the court stays in Republican hands – an issue that has implications for legislative redistricting challenges and other issues.
The poll also found that Debra Goldman, a member of the Wake County board of Education, ha been picking up support. She now leads Democratic incumbent Beth Wood by a 40 to 38 percent margin.
Goldman has received considerable publicity in recent weeks, following disclosure that grew out of a robbery report she made concerning her Cary house, her suspicions about a fellow school board member, and allegations of a romantic affair.
The poll of 600 registered voters was conducted Oct. 20-21 by National Research Inc. and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Update: The poll was conducted the day before the Goldman story broke and on the day the N&O published the first article about her robbery report.