Previously the contest stood at Obama/Clinton, 51/37. Now it’s 49/40.
The demographic results in North Carolina are similar to the dynamics seen nationally and in most primariesâ€”Clinton leads by twenty-three points among White voters while Obama leads 74% to 10% among African-Americans. Clinton leads among senior citizens, the candidates split those in the 50-64 age range, and Obama leads among younger voters.
Eighty percent (80%) have followed news stories about Barack Obamaâ€™s former Pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Forty-three percent (43%) believe Obama denounced Wright because he was outraged while 40% believe political convenience was the motivation. Seventy percent (70%) of Clinton supporters say Obama was politically motivated. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Obama supporters say their candidate was outraged by Wright.
Forty percent (40%) say itâ€™s at least somewhat likely that Obama shares some of Wrightâ€™s controversial views about the United States. That figure includes 62% of Clinton voters.
I can’t help but think this tightening is due to the reemergence of Wright.
More as it develops…