North Carolina's Democratic Senate primary is wide open with most voters undecided, according to a new poll.
According to a head-to-head matchup, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall has the most support with 14 percent, followed by Chapel Hill lawyer Ken Lewis with 7 percent and former state Sen. Cal Cunningham with 4 percent, according to a survey conducted for The Civitas Institute, Rob Christensen reports. But 75 percent were undecided.
"With only a little over three months until the primary, no candidate has stepped forward to claim the front-runner mantle," said Francis de Luca, the institute's executive director.
Only Marshall has run state-wide. None of the candidates have begun any TV or radio advertising for their May 4th primary election. The winner will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.
Lewis' support comes primarily from younger, African-American voters in the Triad and the Northeast. Cunningham is strongest with younger voters.
The survey of 390 likely Democratic and unaffiliated voters was conducted Jan. 19-21 by Tel Opinion Research of Arlington, Virginia. The margin of error was 5 percentage points.