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AG Josh Stein’s Lead Widens In Governor’s Race, New Poll Finds

Source: NC Newsline

As the gubernatorial race heats up, a new poll shows where North Carolina voters stand months ahead of the 2024 presidential election. 

The latest poll from Meredith College shows Democrat Josh Stein gaining ground over Republican Mark Robinson in the gubernatorial race. According to the poll, Stein leads Robinson 45% to 36% — up from a five percentage point advantage in Meredith Poll’s February survey.

“Stein’s improved position relative to Robinson may be due to several factors,” said David McLennan, director of the Meredith Poll, in a statement

“Robinson continues to get negative media coverage of his statements and actions from the past. This enhanced exposure of Robinson’s extreme statements, as well as concerns that some of Robinson’s policy positions, seems to be shifting the unaffiliated voters into Stein’s camp.”

Most recently, Robinson has made headlines over failing to file federal income taxes for 5 years and vulgar statements towards women, particularly Black women

“Robinson joins a long line of Black men of various political stripes who use misogynistic ideas about Black women for their own political gain,” Moya Bailey, a Black queer feminist scholar and professor of communication studies at Northwestern University, told The 19th.

“In a world where demeaning Black women can help someone boost their own career, “it’s no wonder that his vitriol is so consistent.”

Amid Robinson’s recent controversies, Attorney General Josh Stein is pushing forth efforts to protect reproductive health care access and defend protections against racial discrimination in the Voting Rights Act.  

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