With the two-week countdown to Election Day here, down-ballot candidates are ramping up their efforts to get their message and name out there Nov. 8.
In addition to the presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial races going on in the state, the races for the Council of State are also ramping up.
These offices have a wide range of responsibilities, including the state’s fiscal health, the prosecution of the law, and the efficient administration of state and local governmental bodies and agencies.
In a rematch of the 2012 race, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a Republican, is running for re-election in 2016 against Democrat Linda Coleman.
As of the most recent poll numbers available this month, Forest was polling at 37 percent, with challenger Coleman polling at 32 percent.
Nine percent of those polled said they would vote for Jackie Cole, the Libertarian, and another 17 percent were undecided.
Forest’s numbers have floated around the same level, with 35 percent of those polled in September saying they would vote for him, and in May 36 percent named him as their candidate.
Coleman has seen more fluctuation in her poll numbers, falling from 39 percent in September to 32 percent this month, as Cole’s numbers grew from 4 percent to 9 percent in the same timeframe.
The number of undecided voters has steadily dropped as the election has come nearer, falling from 24 percent undecided in May to 21 percent last month and 17 percent this month.
Diving into the crosstabs on the poll, 33 percent of presumptive Forest voters answered that they were definitely voting for Forest, while 4 percent said that they were probably voting for Forest and 1 percent said that they were leaning toward Forest.
For Coleman 26 percent said that they were definitely voting for her, six percent said that they are probably voting for Coleman and 1 percent said they were leaning to Coleman.
The margin of error on the poll was +/- 4 points.
An architect by profession, in his first try for elected office Forest was elected lieutenant governor in 2012.
According to the website of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, he serves as president of the state Senate, is on the State Board of Economic Development, serves on the NC Military Affairs Commission, and is chairman of the Energy Policy Council. The lieutenant governor serves as a voting member of the State Board of Education and on the NC Community College Board.
According to Coleman’s campaign website, she was chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, was elected three times to the state House of Representatives, and served as the director of the Office of State Personnel from 2009 to 2012.