A new poll shows that voters are almost evenly split on whether to vote for Democrats or Republicans in the legislature.
Public Policy Polling asked 593 North Carolina voters which party they would prefer if legislative elections were held today. According to the poll, 43 percent would vote Democratic, 42 would select a Republican and 15 percent were undecided.
PPP's Tom Jensen notes the numbers look promising for Republicans, who have been the minority party in the legislature for most of the last 100 years.
"As we begin 2010 Republicans probably do have their best chance since 1994 of grabbing control of both houses of the General Assembly," Jensen said. "Of course a lot could change between now and November — it would have been hard last December to imagine things looking as dreary for Democrats as they do right now."
The Senate looks particularly tantalizing to Republicans since several seats in competitive districts will be open next year.
The poll, which was conducted Dec. 11-13, had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.