NORTH CAROLINA -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in North Carolina, according to a poll released Tuesday by Elon University.
Trump led Clinton by 1-point (44%-43%) in the new poll, but that number is well within the margin of error. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson had 6% support.
Clinton had a massive lead with African American voters in the state 98%-2%. Trump led with white voters 65%-35%.
North Carolina has voted for a Democrat only once since 1980 — Barack Obama in 2008 — but the changing demographics of the state have led many Democrats to believe they can be competitive in the state.
Elon University also released a down-ballot poll on Monday that found Republican incumbent Richard Burr and his Democratic challenger Deborah Ross separated by just 1-point. Ross was ahead, 44%-43%.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has a small edge (though still within the margin of error) over his Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper (49%-46%.)
The telephone poll included 644 likely North Carolina voters. The survey was conducted Sept. 12-16 and had a margin of error of 3.86 points.
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