Kay Hagan (D): 46 (46)
Elizabeth Dole (R-inc): 38 (41)
Christopher Cole (L): 6 (6)
Dole under 40%? Whoa -- those are some pug-ugly numbers for any incumbent. PPP's Tom Jensen has the key finding:
Particularly [troubling] for Dole is how well Hagan is connecting with white voters. She trails Dole just 47-38 with that group. Usually for a Republican to win statewide here they need at least a 20 point advantage with whites to offset overwhelming African American support for Democratic candidates.
And Crisitunity offers his take:
And while a lot of this movement must have to do with the turmoil in the banking and finance industries (which is a major employer in Charlotte), bear in mind that this was taken before today's announcement of Citi's acquisition of NC-based Wachovia, which seems likely to drive current trends even further.
You want some gravy with that? Obama has pulled ahead of McCain in North Carolina by 47-45. It really is the economy, stupid. PPP, I believe, will now be doing weekly polls of North Carolina, so there won't be any shortage of data from this race.