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SEANC-paid poll: Etheridge up 10 points, Coleman up 9

Former Congressman Bob Etheridge has a 10-point lead over Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in the Democratic primary for governor, according to a new state-wide poll conducted for State Employees Association of North Carolina.

Etheridge leads with 32 percent, followed by Dalton with 22 percent, and former state Rep. Bill Faison with 4 percent, according to the survey. But a large number of Democratic primary voters, 42 percent, have not yet made up their mind.

The poll was conducted before Dalton begins his TV advertising campaign, which is scheduled to begin next week.

In the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, Linda Coleman had a nine point lead over Eric Mansfield.

Coleman, a former state personnel director, former state representative and former Wake County commissioner, had 45 percent of the vote, while Mansfield, a state senator, physician, minister and Army veteran had 36 percent. In that race, 19 percent said they didn't know who they planned to vote for.

The survey of 600 likely Democratic voters was conducted March 26-29 by Tulchin Research of San Francisco. 

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