The latest Civitas Poll has the Republican presidential race in North Carolina shaping up like this:
Our March tracking poll (PDF) numbers weren’t much different:
What’s different about PPP’s poll is we also polled Newt Gingrich at 26%.
We initially included Gingrich in the tracking poll because when we started them in January he making a lot of noise about running. Since then, everyone else has officially announced or taken steps towards running, except Gingrich. We’ve been reluctant to take out Gingrich from subsequent polls because he has been polling so well.
However, I am leaning towards eliminating Gingrich for our April tracking poll to be taken the week after next.