A new poll has former Congressman Bob Etheridge closing in on Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in the Democratic primary for governor.
The Civitas Poll has Dalton at 25 percent, Etheridge at 23 percent, and state Rep. Bill Faison at 3 percent. The survey found that nearly half of the voters were still undecided.
That is much a much closer race than two recent polls taken by Public Policy Polling and for WRAL which showed Dalton with a more substantial lead.
In the lieutenant governor's race, the survey found a toss up with 18 percent supporting state Sen. Eric Mansfield and 17 percent supporting former state personnel director Linda Coleman. The other polls have shown Coleman with a significant lead.
The survey of 400 registered voters was conducted April 30-May 2 by National Research Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percent.
UPDATE: The Civitas Poll also surveyed those who said they had already cast their ballots in early voting. Of those who had cast their ballots, 25 said they had voted for Dalton, 19 for Etheridge, 4 percent for Faison, and 48 percent said they voted for someone else or refused to say.
In the lieutenant govenror's race, 34 percent said they had voted for Coleman, 13 said they had voted for Mansfield and 53 percent refused to say.