A new poll shows that North Carolina is still very much up for grabs, with President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a dead heat in the Tar Heel State.
The poll, conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of WRAL-TV in Raleigh, Romney earns the support of 45 percent of likely voers, while Obama trails with 44 percent support. That's well within the poll's margin of error of 4.4 percent.
The poll also revealed that same-sex marriage, an issue that has generated considerable coverage in recent weeks due to Obama's public support and North Carolina's constitutional ban, might be a factor in the state's general election campaign. Among the likely voters survey, 36 percent said the candidates' contrasting positions on the issue will be a "very important" factor, while 24 percent said it would not be a factor at all.
The current PollTracker Average currently gives Romney a narrow edge over Obama in North Carolina, which will play host to the Democratic National Convention in September.