Poll: Carson, Clinton lead in NC

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s presidential primary is still more than four months away, but retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lead their party’s fields in the Tar Heel State, according to a new poll.

The survey by Elon University found Carson polling at 31 percent among North Carolinians. That’s 12 points better than the next Republican, which is Donald Trump at 19 percent.

According to the poll, Clinton has a commanding 57-24 lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race, but she trails a couple of Republicans in a hypothetical general election match-up, where Carson leads Clinton 48-44. Marco Rubio is the only other Republican with an edge against the former senator and first lady at 46-45, even though he gets only 10 percent support in the GOP primary race. Ted Cruz (10 percent) was the only other Republican to get double-digit support.

The Elon University Poll’s live-caller, dual frame (landline and cell phone) survey of 1,234 residents – of which 1,040 said they were registered to vote – was conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2015. The survey had a margin of error of 3.04 percentage points for registered voters; 4.54 percentage points among Republican and Republican-leaning voters; and 4.32 percentage points among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters.

North Carolina’s primary is set for March 15.

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