Mitt Romney has taken a narrow lead over Barack Obama in North Carolina, according to a new survey.
Romney leads Obama by a 48-46 margin, within the margin of error, according a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh.
It is first time the firm has found Romney ahead in the state since October. The poll found that Romney has gained 7 points on Obama since April, mainly by picking up support among independents.
Obama had a 51-38 percent lead among independents in April, but since then Romney has taken a 42-41 percent lead.
The spin: “North Carolina remains one of the mostly closely contested swing states in the country,'' said Dean Debnam, president of the polling firm. “But there has been a modest shift toward Mitt Romney since he wrapped up the nomination.''
The survey of 810 likely voters was taken June 7-10 and had a margin of error of 3.4 percent.