Saturday, June 21, 2008

Michael Munger attracting attention as holding the balance of power in North Carolina

After major polling organizations strangely ignored Dr Michael Munger in their May questioning (following his strong showing in April polls), the Libertarian candidate for Governor has abruptly re-appeared in June polling data.

Thus, at Real Clear Politics, we find:

In a year in which the one thing missing is a number of good governor's races, add North Carolina to the list. For the second month in a row, a conservative think tank in the Tar Heel State released a poll showing a tight race between two candidates who made it through contentious primaries. Democrats, it appears, are going to need to play serious defense to keep outgoing Governor Mike Easley's seat, while Republicans have a real opportunity.

The poll, conducted 6/11-13 among 600 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/- 4%, and was conducted by Tel Opinion Research, a GOP firm in Alexandria, Virginia, on behalf of the Civitas Institute. Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue, the Democratic nominee, and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican standard-bearer, were tested, alongside Libertarian candidate Michael Munger.

General Election Matchup
(All / Dem / GOP / Ind / Men / Wom)
Perdue........43 / 65 / 13 / 43 / 37 / 47
McCrory......41 / 16 / 74 / 39 / 44 / 38
Munger..........2 / 2 / 2 / 4 / 3 / 2

RCP doesn't draw any conclusions about Munger's influence, although they do apologize for misspelling his name.

On the other hand, Public Policy Polling (via NBC 17 Decision 2008) has no such qualms:

The race was tied during the last poll, but Perdue has pulled ahead. PPP speculates it may have to do with the addition of Michael Munger on the ballot.

Munger’s pulling 15 percent of independents, which McCrory formerly had a strong hold on.

And still, of course, Dr Munger isn't in the gubernatorial debates!!??

Why not visit his website right now and find out how you can help?

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