Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory seems to have vaulted into front-runner status in his bid to become North Carolina’s next Governor. He clearly is the GOP frontrunner….
In a survey of 500 likely voters conducted Tuesday by polling firm Rasmussen Reports, only Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory’s name registered with a majority of people asked about GOP candidates. McCrory entered the race two weeks ago, but 36 percent of respondents had a favorable impression about him while another 19 percent had a negative impression.
Meanwhile, 63 percent of those surveyed said they had never heard of or weren’t sure they knew the name of Salisbury attorney Bill Graham, even though he led a very public campaign to lower the state’s gas tax a few years ago.
Seventy-two percent weren’t sure they knew Robert Orr’s name, despite his two successful statewide campaigns for a seat on the Supreme Court, and 74 percent didn’t recognize the name of longtime state Sen. Fred Smith of Johnston County, who has run an extensive television advertising campaign in recent months.
And it looks like McCrory is fairing quite well in a hypothetical matchup with the two likely Democratic opponents:
The two Democratic front-runners, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and State Treasurer Richard Moore, have name recognition on a par with McCrory. Both registered favorable impressions among 35 percent of those surveyed. Twelve percent said they had an unfavorable impression of Moore, and 27 percent said that of Perdue.
In possible head-to-head match-ups, McCrory is in virtual dead heats with Moore or Perdue. Moore’s 4 percentage point lead and Perdue’s 3-point lead are both within the poll’s 4.5-point margin of error.
This should be an interesting race… and with my choices in the GOP North Carolina Presidential Primary (May 6) looking like foul meat in the summer sun, at least I will have one candidate I can aggressively support!
McCrory for Governor!