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Poll: Obama leads Romney in North Carolina

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North Carolina voters favor President Obama by a slim margin over Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in North Carolina, shows Mr. Obama with a lead of 49 percent to 46 percent over the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The results are a slight departure from recent polls that have shown Mr. Romney to have a narrow lead in the state, one of several traditionally Republican states Mr. Obama “flipped” in 2008. A poll this month by Rasmussen Reports showed the former Massachusetts governor with a five-point lead.

The PPP poll echoes sentiments seen in other swing states, where voters are somewhat discouraged by the president’s performance but have not warmed to Mr. Romney.

The poll showed that 48 percent of North Carolina voters approve of the president’s job performance while 49 percent disapprove. By comparison, only 42 percent of voters have a positive opinion of Mr. Romney while 50 percent have a negative opinion.

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