Earlier this week in Hendersonville, state Sen. Tom Apodaca  told a crowd of supporters that they “need a general ” like Pat McCrory to lead “the army” of Republican legislators in place at the General Assembly.
While the line may sound good in a room full of potential volunteers and donors, Public Policy Polling  director Tom Jensen says it may in fact signal a misstep by the Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Jensen notes that in “buddying himself up to” a conservative legislature with a 16% approval rating, McCrory may be creating more potential trouble for himself in the fall.
Jensen says while the former Charlotte mayor currently enjoys a lead over any of his potential Democratic opponents, 57% of voters polled said they were less likely to support McCrory knowing that he supported the Republican-led budget plan, which resulted in deep cuts to public education.
Pollster Tom Jensen runs down the latest poll numbers in North Carolina’s gubernatorial contest and the presidential race this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. For a preview of his radio interview, click below: