President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney are tied in North Carolina, according to a survey from Democratic-leaning and in-state firm Public Policy Polling. Obama and Romney both get 48 percent of the vote, a small change from their previous poll released less than two weeks ago that showed Romney with 49 percent and Obama with 47 percent. From their analysis:
Obama's performance in the debate this week may be helping to pull him closer in the state. 50% of voters think he was the winner on Monday night to only 35% who think Romney was victorious, including a 51/21 spread among independents. He and Romney are now effectively tied among independent voters at 46/45, where Romney had a 54/40 advantage with them on our last poll.
A key reason Obama remains competitive in North Carolina is that the Democratic base is extremely fired up. That's been reflected in the early voter turnout to date, and we also find that 77% of Democrats say they're 'very excited' to vote in the election this fall compared to 65% of Republicans. Among African Americans 83% say they're 'very excited' to cast their ballots.
Romney continues to hold the overall lead in the PollTracker Average of North Carolina.