Rep. Ted Budd (R) has extended his lead to 6 points over Democratic candidate Cheri Beasley in the race for North Carolina’s Senate seat, according to a new East Carolina University (ECU) poll.
Budd leads Beasley 50 to 44 percent among likely voters. In early September, he led Beasley by just 3 points in a similar ECU poll.
“Although it remains competitive, Ted Budd is the favorite to win North Carolina’s U.S. Senate election based on our latest poll numbers,” Peter Francia, director of the ECU Center for Survey Research, said in a statement.
The poll comes after the candidates sparred during a debate earlier this month on several issues, including abortion.
Budd during the debate also tried to tie Beasley to President Biden, who has seen his job approval ratings plummet amid a 40-year high inflation rate.
In North Carolina, Biden’s job approval rating is at 38 percent, according to the ECU poll.
The poll was conducted from October 10 to October 13 among 902 likely voters. The margin of error is 3.8 percentage points.