Rasmussen: Romney 51, Obama 43 in NC
More fallout from the gay marriage thing?
Mitt Romney has moved out to an eight-point lead over President Obama in North Carolina after the two men were virtually tied a month ago.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State shows the putative Republican nominee earning 51% of the vote to Obama’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
That’s a pretty big swing for a month. What’s also interesting is that Obama is losing almost 20% of the Democrats in that state.
Eighty-eight percent (88%) of North Carolina Republicans now support Romney, compared to 76% of Democrats in the state who back Obama. Nearly one-in-five North Carolina Democrats (18%) now favor the Republican. The GOP challenger holds a modest 49% to 45% lead among voters not affiliated with either party, but the two men were tied with 38% support each among this group a month ago.
The Democrats picked Charlotte for their convention this time around in hopes of solidifying this formerly red state — that nonetheless voted for Obama in 2008 — as a solidly blue state. However, Obama’s clearly politically motivated flip-flop on gay marriage, at around the same time North Carolinans were voting to approve an amendment saying clearly that marriage is one man and one woman, seems to be moving the state in the opposite direction.
This is one of the biggest weaknesses of the Democratic Party… they have so many interest groups that from time to time, a policy meant to shore up support with one ends up angering another, thus putting their electoral success in jeopardy. A smart Republican will capitalize on this, if only by staying out of the way while they fight amongst themselves.