State Republicans are highlighting seven Democratic House seats they believe could go their way in the fall based on polling results published by two conservative-leaning polling outfits.
Democrats hold 68 seats and Republicans hold 52 seats in the state House. The House Republican caucus believes the polling data shows it has a chance at taking enough seats to win a majority.
The polls were conducted over the last few months for the conservative Civitas Institute and by the Carolina Strategy Group, a Raleigh firm whose principals lean Republican. The polls in question were generally surveys of registered voters in a district, which doesn't necessarily measure opinion of the people who will actually vote in a local legislative race.
But the analysis is instructive as to which races Republicans are targeting for the House. Notably, the list includes the seat now held by Democratic Majority Leader Hugh Holliman, a Lexington Democrat. Holliman faces his 2008 challenger, Rayne Brown.
A look at the other races after the jump.
* Rep. Alice Underhill, a New Bern Democrat faces Norman Sanderson in November. The campaign is a rematch from two years ago.
* Rep. Arthur Williams, a Washington Democrat, vs. Republican Bill Cook.
• Rep. Van Braxton, a Kinston Democrat, is in a rematch against Republican Stephen LaRoque.
* Democratic Rep. Randy Stewart of Rocky Mount vs. Republican Jeff Collins.
* Democratic Rep. Jimmy Love of Sanford vs. Republican Mike Stone.
* Democrat Jane Whilden of Asheville vs. Tim Moffitt.
* Democratic Rep. Lorene Coates of Salisbury vs. Republican Harry Warren.
* Democratic Rep. Cullie Tarleton of Blowing Rock vs. Republican Jonathan Jordan.
As a bonus, the roundup includes an open seat in Mecklenburg County and a seat held by a Republican, Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary, that has been targeted by Democrats.