According to a new poll from Suffolk University, Donald Trump is now leading Hillary Clinton in North Carolina by three points.
North Carolina is considered a swing state, having been won handily by Obama in 2008 and closely by Mitt Romney in 2012.
From the poll:
Suffolk University Poll of North Carolina Shows Trump at 44 Percent to Clinton’s 41 Percent
With two months to go before the November general election, Republican Donald Trump (44 percent) leads Democrat Hillary Clinton (41 percent), by 3 points in North Carolina, according to a Suffolk University poll of likely voters in the Tar Heel State.
The poll is a statistical dead heat and is within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. When asked who they think will win the November presidential election, 49 percent said Clinton and 33 percent Trump, with 17 percent undecided.
Libertarian Gary Johnson was the choice of 4 percent of voters, with 8 percent undecided. Green Party nominee Jill Stein is not listed on the North Carolina ballot although voters may write in her name.
“North Carolina is very close, and so is the gender gap margin, though it’s not quite working in Hillary Clinton’s favor with Johnson in the mix,” said David Paleologos director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. Among men, Trump led 53 percent to 32 percent, with Johnson getting 3 percent, while among women Clinton led 49 percent to 36 percent, with Johnson at 5 percent.
North Carolina is important to Trump because he needs all of the states Romney won in 2012.
At the moment, it’s clear he has a chance to carry the Tar Heel state.