(cross-posted at dKos)
Yet another partisan Repub poll in North Carolina shows bad news for McCain. According to the Pope Institute, a conservative think tank, he's only up three points here, 43-40. No internals or MoE out yet, but with it this close, it has to be a statistical dead heat or close to it.
More ominous for McCain is the downward trend in his lead here from previous polls by this outfit:
February – McCain 46, Obama 36
April – McCain 48, Obama 39
May – McCain 44, Obama 39
June – McCain 45, Obama 41, Barr 2
And Obama hasn't even started really bombarding the state with ads yet.
This can only mean one thing--even if we can't turn North Carolina blue, we'll bleed McCain white trying. After all, every penny he has to spend on Charlotte or Triangle television is one less penny he can spend in Hampton Roads, Miami, Orlando or Detroit. And that suits this North Carolinian just fine.