Internal poll is latest to show Bishop leading NC-9 Republican primary

Updated: May. 9, 2019 at 7:13 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - An internal poll obtained by WBTV shows Dan Bishop with a commanding lead in the Republican primary race for the 9th Congressional District.

The primary, which includes ten candidates vying for the chance to take on Democrat Dan McCready in the general election, is set for Tuesday.

In order for one candidate to win the crowded contest outright, they have to get 30 percent plus one vote.

A new internal poll from the Bishop campaign obtained by WBTV, which was conducted in late April, shows the state senator from Charlotte polling at 36 percent with a margin of error of five points.

Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing came in second with 18 percent, former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour had 13 percent and Leigh Brown, a realtor whose candidacy has been supported with a seven-figure ad buy from the National Association of Realtors, had three percent.

Outside of the top-line number, the poll showed Bishop with high name recognition among primary votes, with nearly 90 percent of those polled having heard of him and 55 percent holding a favorable opinion.

Thursday afternoon, Ridenhour’s campaign tweeted its own message suggesting he had the momentum from grassroots supports.

“Not only has our campaign knocked on over 10,000 doors, we have surveyed over 2,600 likely Republican &Unaffiliated voters. Results are in, and show us with 32.9% of voters choosing #RidenhoursRegiment! Thank you! #NC09,” the tweet said.

If no candidate captures 30 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held in September and the general election will be in November. Otherwise, the general election will be in September.

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