The smile that spread across North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory’s face Tuesday as he met Andy Griffith look-alike Art Fettig, left, has officially spread from ear to ear.
According to a June 13 Public Policy Polling report, McCrory still holds a strong lead over Democratic opponent Walter Dalton.
But gaining his 47-40 lead has not left McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, unscathed. Attack ads run by the Republican Governor’s Association and the Democratic Governor’s Association have embroiled the two campaigns in a legal battle.
These ads, which questioned McCrory’s role as a lobbyist for a Charlotte company during his term as mayor and tied Dalton to unpopular Gov. Bev Perdue, are now being countered by the campaigns’ own advertisements.
According to the poll, Dalton, who was endorsed by the North Carolina Association of Educators on Wednesday, still has “room to grow” with the state’s independent voters.
“Pat McCrory remains the favorite but this race is closer than it was three months ago,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Walter Dalton’s post-primary bounce has held up over the last month.”
If McCrory wins November’s election, he will be the state’s first Republican governor since James Martin in 1993.