Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a lead over President Barack Obama in North Carolina as the incumbent president's party comes to Charlotte this week for the Democratic National Convention, according to the latest Elon University Poll conducted in partnership with The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer.
If the presidential election were held today, 47 percent of likely voters would cast their ballots for Romney while 43 percent would support Obama. Six percent of respondents don't know or are undecided.
The live-caller telephone poll of 1,089 likely voters was conducted Aug. 25-30, 2012, and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Both land lines and cell phones were included in the sample.
In the race for North Carolina governor, Republican former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is currently running far ahead of incumbent Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.
If the election were held today, 52 percent of respondents would vote for McCrory, while Dalton would carry 37 percent of the vote. Eleven percent remain undecided.