by Bob Geary
There's a new survey out tonight from Public Policy Polling, and it shows Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and former Congressman Bob Etheridge in a statistical tie with two weeks to go in the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Etheridge had a double-digit lead, but it's gone, thanks to TV ads Dalton's been running. (I don't think the Indy's endorsement of Dalton was worth 10 points statewide, but hey ....)
Still, about 40 percent of likely voters remain undecided, with 26 percent for Dalton, 25 percent for Etheridge, and 5 percent or less for Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, and a trio of other, unknown candidates.
For Lieutenant Governor on the Democratic side, former Rep. Linda Coleman leads Sen. Eric Mansfield by 28-16 percent, but more than half the electorate are undecided.
PPP also surveyed the Amendment 1 referendum. Results won't be out until tomorrow, but leading opponent Pam Spaulding of Durham (and Pam's House Blend fame) tweeted earlier today that she's expecting good news — and she does have good sources. Amendment 1, the marriage discrimination amendment, was ahead in PPP's March 29 poll by an almost 3-to-2 margin.
PPP did release its results in the Labor Commissioner and state Treasurer races. Incumbent Treasurer Janet Cowell looks safe in the latter. In the former, the labor race is quite a mess.