A Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Thursday reports that 46 percent of the North Carolina likely voters surveyed prefer Biden, while 43 percent favor Trump. Biden’s lead falls within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. Trump won North Carolina’s 15 Electoral College votes by 3.8 percentage points in 2016. The state has flipped between backing Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in previous election cycles.
The latest Suffolk University/USA Today survey also shows Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham with a narrow edge over Republican incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis. The closely watched race is one of a handful in which endangered Senate Republicans are battling for reelection, and it could decide whether the GOP maintains control of the chamber. Cunningham leads Tillis by 4 percentage points among likely voters, 42-38 percent.