Republican Pat McCrory holds a five-point lead over Democrat Walter Dalton, according to a new poll.
McCrory, the former Charlotte mayor, leads Dalton, the lieutenant governor, by a 46-41 percent margin, according to the Rasmussen Reports poll, a Republican-leaning survey.
The last Rasmussen poll, taken June 25th, found McCrory leading Dalton by a 49-35 percent margin.
The poll found that McCrory has the support of 76 percent of Republicans, while Dalton has the backing 72 percent of Democrats. McCrory has a 30-point lead among independents. McCrory has an eight point lead among male voters, but only a three point lead among female voters. McCrory has the support of 58 percent of white voters, but Dalton has the backing of 78 percent of black voters.
The survey of 500 likely North Carolina voters was conducted August 1 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.