Larry Kissell has a new internal poll out showing him leading Robin Hayes 45-43. These things should always be taken with a grain of salt but I certainly would not be surprised if the poll is an accurate picture of the race.
But what I really find remarkable in the poll is that they found voters in the 8th District supporting Barack Obama 50-37! Bush beat John Kerry 54-45 in 2004 in that district, so that is quite a remarkable shift. I will guarantee that if Obama beats John McCain by double digits in the 8th District he will win North Carolina.
Obama should also have coattails for Kissell if he's really running that well in the district. Imagine a Democrat at the top of the ticket in North Carolina pulling other folks along instead of dragging them down!
Kissell's pollster, Anzalone Liszt Research, is one of the best and has particularly shown an adeptness this year for helping Democrats in the south win districts they have no business winning- NC-8 looks like a cakewalk compared to some of the ones they've pulled out.