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Poll:Cunningham gains ground, Senate runoff now tied

Former state senator Cal Cunningham is now tied with Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the latest poll over which Democrat should face U.S. Senator Richard Burr in November. In the May 4th primary, Marshall bested Cunningham by nine points, but failed to reach the level needed to avoid a June runoff.

Public Policy Polling’s latest numbers show both candidates now in a dead heat (36%-36%) in their runoff bid for the Democratic Senate primary.

“Next month’s runoff election is likely to see even lower turnout than last week’s primary,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “We’re finding that Cunningham’s supporters are more enthusiastic than Marshall’s, and that could allow him to close the gap from last week’s results between now and the runoff.”

PPP surveyed 445 likely Senate runoff voters from May 8th to 10th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-4.6%.

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  2. Sid Baker

    May 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    It’s obvious that Cal Cunningham’s message of jobs is resonating with the people of North Carolina. These same people are also realizing that Mr. Cunningham is the only Democrat who can challenge the Republican nominee on various issues and win in November.