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ContributorSherlock Holmes (a retired OC public servant collecting his pension) 
Last EditedSherlock Holmes (a retired OC public servant collecting his pension)  Apr 28, 2003 07:46am
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News DateMonday, April 28, 2003 01:46:17 PM UTC0:0
Description"If the 2004 presidential election were held today, Bush would carry North Carolina over Edwards, 58 percent to 39 percent, according to a new poll commissioned by The News & Observer.

The 19-point margin is the largest since Edwards entered the race four months ago. The numbers have no direct bearing on Edwards' quest for his party's nomination; his fate will be decided by Democratic voters in early nominating states such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But lagging popularity at home could undercut Edwards' argument that he can beat Bush in the South, some analysts say. In 2000, Bush swept every state in the region, including Al Gore's home state of Tennessee."

"North Carolina is not scheduled to hold its primary until May 2004, by which time the Democratic nomination will likely be decided. If the primary were held today, however, Edwards would win comfortably, with 43 percent of the state's Democratic vote. That's down from 51 percent in January, however.

The April survey also showed a growing interest in Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, whose candidacy 23 percent of Tar Heel Democrats preferred. That's up from 9 percent in January. All other Democrats seeking the nomination are in the single digits in North Carolina."
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