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February 10, 2016

Internal Poll: N.C. Republican Close to Avoiding Runoff

Rockingham District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. is just a few points shy of avoiding a runoff in a competitive GOP primary for an open House seat in North Carolina, according to an internal poll conducted for his campaign and provided first to CQ Roll Call.

According to the poll, Berger led the GOP field with 36 percent in the 6th District. A candidate must get 40 percent of the vote in the May 6 primary to avoid a runoff in the Tar Heel State.

The survey showed Baptist Pastor Mark Walker with 14 percent; international banker Bruce VonCannon and Greensboro City Councilmember Zack Matheny were tied with 6 percent each.

The rest of the candidates in the field received less than 6 percent, another 26 percent of survey respondents said they were undecided in the race.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, surveyed 300 likely Republican primary voters from April 8-10. It had a margin of error of 5.7 points.

Nine Republicans are running in the primary. The seat is open this cycle because Rep. Howard Coble is retiring.

A runoff would be held on July 15.

Former University of North Carolina Administrator Laura Fjeld is vying for the Democratic nomination in the contest. But the district is an uphill climb for a Democrat. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won it in 2012 with 58 percent.

North Carolina’s 6th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Beatrice Pryor

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  • Yonatan YONATAN

    I can’t believe that after ALL of this time, and after break after break, we still have no extension bill passed in the senate. This proves that the republican party never had ANY intention to pass this bill REGARDLESS of what concession was offered to them. These republican senators have shown their true distain for the poor people in this country. There can be no other explanation for their lack of total compassion and empathy with those in our country who are hurting financially in one of the worse recessions in many years. As a “FORMER” republican, I’m shocked and disappointed by the party that once was my own. I will NEVER EVER vote for a republican again in the future, and will encourage family and friends to do the same. The republican party has lost it’s way and are no longer relevant to it’s constituents. Just what kind of game are they playing here? When we have more than two million families out of work, without any benefits, struggling from day to day to keep a roof over their children’s heads, and food on the table, they’re playing party politics? These senators are heartless, soulless, bureaucrats, who do not care about you and me, but ONLY themselves and their party. We need to make a huge change in the next elections, and make sure that the republicans are never in charge again to do this sort of thing to helpless people.

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