A new poll among North Carolina residents shows both the presidential and senate races are in a dead heat two weeks ahead of Election Day.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted by telephone from October 12-17, which included a random sample of 706 North Carolina registered voters and 646 likely voters, showed Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, had 49% support, while President Donald Trump had 48% support, ABC 11 reports. The poll reportedly has a 4.5% margin of error.
Biden is reported to have major support among moderate voters and college graduates, while Trump has a lead among white evangelicals and rural voters.
In 2016, then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had a 20-point lead against Trump among moderate voters. Biden has an even larger lead among the group with 34%, as well as 38% among college graduates, the widest Democratic advantage among the group in exit polls since 1998, according to ABC News.
The state of North Carolina has been targeted heavily by both Biden and Trump leading up to the November 3 presidential election, with 15 electoral votes and the possibility to swing the election.
Last month, Biden made his first campaign appearance in North Carolina at a Black economic summit. Democratic vice presidential nominee, Senator Kamala Harris, also made an appearance in Raleigh last week.
Former second lady, Dr. Jill Biden, also made multiple stops in North Carolina to campaign for her husband earlier this month.
In 2016, President Trump won North Carolina and his campaign has reportedly said it will be a must-win state in order to be re-elected, ABC 11 reports. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both made several visits to North Carolina in recent weeks, which included a rally in Winston-Salem on September 8, as well as stops in Charlotte for the Republican National Convention and Asheville to meet with North Carolina farmers hours later last month.
Early voting in North Carolina is scheduled to being on October 15, several weeks ahead of Election Day.
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