With the 2016 election now less than two months away, the races have tightened and who's likely to win depends on which poll you choose to believe.
The latest polls nationwide show the race for President edging closer as Hillary Clinton continues to be favored in most but by a narrower margin than previously.
In North Carolina, a Quinnipac poll released Thursday (Sep. 8th) has Clinton leading, 42% to 38% for Trump with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson now the choice of 15% of those responding. A Suffolk poll released Thursday has Donald Trump leading with 44%, Clinton with 41% and Johnson with 4%.
Lincoln County Republicans held a Campaign Kickoff Tailgate Fundraiser Thursday evening at Lincoln Country Club. The event was sponsored by State Representative Jason Saine, who is running for re-election but has no opposition. District Court Judge candidate Justin Brackett was the featured speaker as the GOP faithful enjoyed food, played cornhole, and then watched the Panthers game.
The latest polls in the North Carolina Governor race still have Democrat Roy Cooper, currently Attorney General, leading Governor Pat McCrory, but those polls go back nearly two weeks.
A Suffolk poll released Thursday has Senator Richard Burr leading Democratic opponent Deborah Ross 41% to 37%. Burr has been the leader in most of the polls to date, but Ross was on top in a CBS News poll released last Sunday. That poll showed her leading 41% to 40%.
The North Carolina Elections Board finalized the schedule for early voting on Thursday with a marathon session in Raleigh. 33 of the state's 100 county boards had split on the proposed days, locations and hours. The State Board expanded the hours and locations in some cases from what local boards had submitted including Mecklenburg County. In others, like Gaston County, they approved the plan as presented. Lincoln County's Elections Board had unanimously approved their locations and hours, so the plan was accepted without debate.
Early voting begins October 20th and continues through the morning of November 5th. Election Day is Tuesday November 8th when polls will be open from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM.
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