Within The Margin Of Error

For the first time in years, voters in North Carolina who go to bed early probably won't know who won the state on Election Day.

An Associated Press-GfK poll released today says the three leading races on the ballot remain tight with a week to go.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is the choice of 48 percent of the 600 likely voters surveyed. Republican candidate John McCain had support from 46 percent.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan is slightly ahead of GOP incumbent Elizabeth Dole, 47 percent to 43 percent. For governor, Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Beverly Perdue are knotted at 44 percent.

The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Close races at the top of the ticket are unusual in North Carolina. Republicans have performed well in statewide federal races, while Democrats have held the Executive Mansion for the last 16 years.


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  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Oct 30, 2008 at 03:49 AM
    Have you ever wondered who conducts these polls and what motive they may have in skewing? The optical scanners used in this state have a 3-6% margin of error. A win/loss by 6% should require a hand count. Then look at when the polls are taken..... during the day when hard-working TAXPAYERS are on the job paying for the reported nearly 40% among us who pay NO TAXES at all? In my nearly 40 years as a voter (and taxpayer) I've never been asked to respond this type of poll! So waht do we have here? .....a poll whose respondents largely don't work or pay taxes!
  • by Hal (Continued) Location: Pitt on Oct 29, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    Some of the points and ideas that Obama has are good. However, he has not adequately answered, in my opinion, to his relationships with "shady" characters in his past. Ayers is a domestic terrorist. He was set free on a technicality regarding a wire-tapping issue. Obama may have been 8 when Ayers committed his cowardly murderous deeds, but he (Obama) was not 8 when he had a relationship with Ayers. What was this relationship all about? Obama wouldn't pass the background check to become a park ranger with the answers he gave about his past. Why in the world would we want him leading the free world?
  • by Hal Location: Pitt on Oct 29, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    Obama Snake Oil, you are so correct. I would even consider supporting raising the voting age a few years, except for those in the service of the country. The drinking age was raised years ago due to the immature decisions young people often make. Is this more important than electing our president? One only needs to visit downtown Greenville on the weekend to see how our future "leaders" carry themselves. Most act like immature, irresponsible children. Why should they be given the opportunity to vote when all they have had to worry about is if mommy put money into their account so they can buy beer this weekend. Their young minds are easily molded to believe everything they see on t.v. People should have to earn the right to vote. This isn't American Idol. There are some mature, responsible college aged people capable of making mature decisions, but they are in the minority. Many choose to ignore facts about a candidate simply to jump on the band wagon and wear the t-shirt.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Oct 29, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    Do not forget the little gaffe when he was being interviewed at Rick Warren"s church. He slipped up and mentioned the practice of his Muslim faith. Get smart, get over the newness and send Commissar Obama back to the senate. We may can stomach him there, though probably not.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM
    Posting the same post you did before? The same ole tired message. I say shame on you for following a man who message is not even understood by himself. He is a pawn to Soros a socialist/marxist that wants your tax money too. Why do you think we democrats are voting against Obama? He is not the candidate we were looking for, he is not the "chosen one" as you imply. This guy is associated with dirty dealings that you can easily access, yet you chose to follow a party bent on hurting this nation and its freedom by voting a communist as president. Shame on you for not listening to other democrats that posted facts that you called lies, we were only trying to help get to the bottom of things. Voting is for responsible citizens and is to be taken seriously. You have to take the facts, some call lies, but I can assure you are facts, and make a decision. If this guy gets elected get used to censored media as now and calling me comrad Obama Snake Oil Co...
  • by Observer Location: East of I95 on Oct 29, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    Can the GOP survive this election intact?
  • by Little Woman on Oct 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    To Obama Snake Oil Co, You can think what you want to think about McCain\Palin. I can tell you the Republicans "DO NOT LIKE WHAT McCAIN\PALIN HAS DID TO THEIR PARTY" They can't wait for this election to be over, the big boys in the party will chew Palin up and vomit her onto the streets of America. She will never have a place in the Whitehouse. They have been a total embarrassment to what intelligent Republicans that are in the party but you would not understand that. What is even funnier is that McCain will go too, for running a sleazy campaign. They are both the worst candidates that ever run for office in the history of this country. Mark my words the fat cats in Washington will make sure McCain\Palin never wins any election. Palin will be lucky to keep her Alaska Governorship. "HAVE A GOOD DAY"
  • by Penny Location: NC on Oct 29, 2008 at 09:23 AM
    I vote based on my morals. I'm voting McCain.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 29, 2008 at 08:46 AM
    I think reading the CNN writing, it is correct, Palin is not one of the "good ole boys" and has not made friends in DC. That is what is the appeal. The republicans want a different direction by the sounds of it. This is one of them. Used to be the democrats were conservative and republicans were liberal...boy have times changed. That is why I registered democrat. The problem with both partys now is the democrat candidate is too liberal and the republican is liberal middle. It is really a vote against socialist for me. I know if Obama gets in, taxes are going through the roof based on past democratic presidents. Like taxing the rich, I work for the rick, how will he deal with this? I will not get a raise for awhile. In the meantime, if our buisness falls, I might loose my job. Thats the facts. I agree with many on Obama and Palin on one thing, both have limited experience for the office of president, McCain however, does.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Oct 29, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    I spotted a van around here the other day, and written on it were the words, "Palin, the Next feminist". I laughed, but it seems kind of true. Even though she won't get her reign of glory in the White House over the next 4 years, you best to believe that she will be out championing "women causes" after the November election.
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