A new poll shows a deadlock in the presidential contest and governor's race in North Carolina with slim margins separating the Democratic and Republican candidates.
The NBC-Marist poll of registered voters released Thursday gave a slight advanatage to President Barack Obama, topping Republican rival Mitt Romney 46 percent to 44 percent. In the governor's race, Republican Pat McCrory holds a negligible two-point edge, 43 percent to 41 percent, against Democrat Walter Dalton. The separation in both races falls within the margin of error, making it a statistical dead heat.
The Marist poll contradicts a smaller Rasmussen survey earlier this week gave Romney a slight edge and McCrory a comfortable double-digit lead.
Inside the Marist poll, voters are polarization on the presidential level with equal factions favoring and opposing Obama and Romney. But Obama supporters were more enthusiastic about the candidate than Romney's backers.
McCrory is still leading among independents. A substanial racial gap is continuing with white voters favoring McCrory and non-whites favoring Dalton, the poll showed.
The poll reached 1,000 registered voters on June 25 and June 26. Its margin of error is roughly plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.