The GQR survey research firm ran a poll of the open 1st District Democratic primary (5/6-8; 407 NC-1 likely Democratic primary voters) and find state Sen. Don Davis (D-Snow Hill) leading former state Senator and 2020 US Senate candidate Erica Smith, 44-31%, as the candidates make their final pitch before Tuesday’s primary election.
The Republican oriented Congressional Leadership Fund, loosely associated with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), is actively running ads against GOP candidate Sandy Smith, the 2020 CD-1 nominee who held incumbent Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-Wilson) to a 54-46% re-election victory.
The CLF does not indicate support for another candidate, but former Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson appears to be Ms. Smith’s strongest competitor. The move is curious in that the ads lay out personal negatives against Ms. Smith that could be used against her in the general election should she win the GOP nomination. The new 1st, that the state Supreme Court drafted, is rated D+5 thus suggesting a competitive general election.
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