New polls show Cooper leading McCrory but questions remain

New polls show Cooper leading McCrory but questions remain
Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper
Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - Two polls released Wednesday show Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper leading incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory in the race for the governor's mansion.

A poll released by Monmouth University found Cooper leading McCrory by nine points, with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

A second poll released Wednesday afternoon by CNN/ORC International found McCrory six points behind Cooper. That poll has a margin of error of just 3.5 percentage points.

But questions have surfaced about both polls.

McCrory campaign spokesman Ricky Diaz released a statement questioning the validity of the Monmouth Poll early Wednesday afternoon.

"The new Monmouth University poll is not a reliable poll considering the size of the sample, screening methodology and weighting," Diaz said.

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The Monmouth poll found tight races in the state's two other high profile contests.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump 44 percent to 42 percent and Republican Senator Richard Burr led challenger Deborah Ross 45 percent to 43 percent. Both races were within the margin of error.

Information released with the poll shows 401 likely voters were surveyed in North Carolina, on both land line and cell phones.

Meanwhile, questions popped up on Twitter late Wednesday afternoon about the script used in the CNN/ORC poll, which referred to McCrory as 'Richard Pat McCrory'. McCrory's first name is not Richard.

A spokesman for the network said the reference to 'Richard Pat McCrory' was a typo in the document prepared specifically for the poll's release and is not how McCrory was referred to in the poll.

The CNN/ORC poll found a tight race for the Tarheel State's electoral votes among likely voters, with Clinton leading Trump 48 percent to 47 percent. Burr led Ross by a five point margin - 50 percent to 45 percent - among likely voters.

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