New poll: Susan Evans leads Sen. Tamara Barringer

Challenger has also outraised incumbent senator in two straight quarters

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Susan Evans campaign released the results today of its latest poll in Evans’ bid for North Carolina’s 17th Senate District. Evans, a member of the Wake County Board of Education, tops the incumbent, Tamara Barringer, by a four-point margin (33% to 29%, with Libertarian Susan Hogarth at 6%).

“Voters are unhappy with the direction Gov. McCrory and Sen. Barringer are taking our state and our district, and I’m glad they are responding to my message,” said Evans. “I’m running to renew North Carolina’s promise of a high-quality public education; an economy that works for all, not just those at the top; and a government by and for the people.”

Indeed, after hearing messages from both sides, poll respondents remained on Evans’ side by three points (45% to 42%).


Hillary Clinton and Roy Cooper lead the respective presidential and gubernatorial races by similar margins as Evans, a sign this formerly Republican-leaning district is shifting in Democrats’ direction this year.

As of June 30th, the end of the most recent reporting period, Evans also led Barringer in funds raised ($126,000 to $105,000) after besting her by about $47,000 in the second quarter. Evans accomplished this feat on the strength of 591 donors, nearly six times as many as Barringer’s 105.

More than half of Barringer’s total has come from special-interest PACs. Evans has received more than twice the support from actual people as Barringer has ($108,000 to $51,000).

Click here to read the full memo from pollsters The Mellman Group.