As the Democratic National Convention gets underway, a new poll has Mitt Romney with a f0ur point lead over President Obama in North Carolina.
The poll conducted by Elon University in partnership with the Charlotte Observer and The Raleigh News and Observer says 47 percent of likely voters in North Carolina right now would vote for Romney. Forty-three percent favor Obama. Political analyst Charlie Cook says North Carolina is the only swing state where Romney has a measureable lead.
"I think you will see the Obama campaign stay here in North Carolina because North Carolina is a must win state for Romney,” Cook says. “He cannot possibly get to 270 without North Carolina and the Obama campaign knows that.”
According to the poll,the economy is the most important issue for likely voters in North Carolina right now,with healthcare and the deficit coming in second and third. More than half of those surveyed say they think Romney would do a better job handling the economy. Another new poll out this week from Public Policy Polling in Raleigh has the two candidates tied at 48 percent each in North Carolina.