There has been an up tick in presidential campaigning in our region this month. Barack Obama was in Charlotte two weeks ago, Rudy Giuliani is in Raleigh today, and all the Democrats had their first real debate last night across the border in South Carolina.
South Carolina voters say Obama “won” the debate.
Also in April we found out that Obama’s campaign was able to raise nearly as much money has Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and he has narrowed the gap in national polls to within a few points. John Edwards has also risen in the polls to a stronger third place.
Fred Thompson is showing real signs that he will get into the presidential race on the Republican side, and therefore he will be in the next tracking poll.
Will any of this an effect on the primary race in North Carolina? We will find out next week with our next set of primary tracking polls.