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Poll shows Etheridge narrowing gap over Dalton

Monday, May 07, 2012

The latest polls show Bob Etheridge closing the gap on Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in the race for the Democratic nomination for North Carolina governor.

Every poll showed the contest as a battle between Dalton and Etheridge with the rest of the field running far behind.

Last week, a Public Policy Polling poll showed Dalton was cruising with a 10 point lead. Now, however, it's a different story. This week, Etheridge cut the gap in half and, figuring in the margin of error, it could be a dead heat.

Both candidates spoke to ABC11 Monday. Dalton sounded confident and Etheridge thought the polls show that his stock is up.

"I know, when I go sell cows, I want to make sure the markets are strong the day I go and in this case on Election Day," said Etheridge. "You want your trend moving up and people moving toward you."

"We are up in this poll, which that four percent could go the other way and be right back to the nine or 10 percent lead you saw last week with 24 hours to go," said Dalton. "We're feeling very, very positive."

Polls are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Click here for more information on the PPP poll.

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