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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

North Carolinians to Democratic Senate Candidates: Who Are You Again?



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In North Carolina, the thrill is gone:

Both Elaine Marshall and Cal Cunningham have lost name recognition during their run-off campaign for the Democratic Senate nomination. Compared to a poll taken just one week following the primary election, both Marshall and Cunningham’s popularity and recognition across the state have decreased, especially in the Charlotte area and western North Carolina.

Seventy-four percent of voters in North Carolina are unsure of their opinion of Cunningham and 62 percent of Marshall. This is an increase from 66 and 56 percent respectively in the week following the primary election. Voter turnout is typically lower in run-off elections as voter interest decreases.

The pollster finds incumbent Republican senator Richard Burr has “widened his lead against both Marshall and Cunningham, edging over Marshall 46–39 and Cunningham 46–35.” Topping out at 46 percent is usually mildly ominous for an incumbent, but it looks like either Democrat will need a surge to make this a real race.


Tags: Cal Cunningham , Elaine Marshall , Richard Burr


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