Roy Cooper pulls ahead in North Carolina gubernatorial race

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – According to the latest Elon University poll, Democrat Roy Cooper’s support is growing and took the lead, 48-42 percent among registered voters.

This is Cooper’s largest lead since the Elon University poll began asking respondents about a hypothetical match-up.

Nearly 43-percent of registered voters said they approved of the job the attorney general is doing, compared to almost 27-percent who disapproved. 30-percent of voters were unsure.

Only 37-percent of approved of Governor Pat McCrory’s job, compared to 49-percent who disapproved of the way he’s handling his job.

The Elon University poll also asked North Carolina residents about HB2, a state law overturning the city of Charlotte’s recent efforts to allow the transgender community to use public restrooms that align with their gender identities.

Nearly half of registered voters in North Carolina said they believe lawmakers should prohibit cities from passing ordinances such as this.

At the same time, only 39-percent of voters say cities should be allowed to pass these policies. 11-percent don’t know how they feel.

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