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Poll shows Pantano has 2 to 1 lead over Rouzer


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new poll shows Ilario Pantano with more than double the support of David Rouzer for the Republican nomination for North Carolina's 7th District seat in the US House, reports Politico.

The survey, taken by Wenzel Strategies on behalf of Citizens United, shows Pantano with 47 percent to Rouzer's 23 percent. Twenty-eight percent are undecided ahead of the May 8 primary.

"The more conservative the likely voter, the more likely they were to hold a favorable opinion of Pantano. Among Tea Party conservatives, 56 percent had a favorable opinion of him," pollster Fritz Wenzel said in a memo provided to Politico. "He leads 41 percent to 19 percent for Rouzer among moderates, by a 42 percent to 25 percent margin over Rouzer among non-Tea Party conservatives."

The poll of 755 respondents was taken March 7-9 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.

Randy Crows in also on the ballot for the primary. The winner will challenge Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre in November.

"The poll again shows what we know to be true: that the more the voters in the 7th District of North Carolina get to know all the candidates in this race, the more they see me as the true conservative who will fight for them in Washington," Pantano said in a statement.

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