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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