Donald Trump carries a slim lead over Hillary Clinton in North Carolina, where Mitt Romney narrowly defeated President Obama in 2012, according to a new Emerson College poll.
The Republican presidential nominee is up 45 to 43 percent over Clinton among likely voters in the Tar Heel State, with only 2 percent of voters still undecided in the final 70 days before the November election.
Trump carries an 11-point lead over his Democratic opponent among independents, and beats Clinton 63 to 24 percent among white voters. Still, he continues to trail the former secretary of state by wide margins among African-American voters (75-16) and Hispanics (59-15).
Clinton enjoys a 5-point lead with women, while Trump is up 10 percentage points among men — 47 to 37 percent.
The Emerson College poll is the first of five polls released this month that shows Trump leading Clinton in North Carolina.
A Monmouth University survey showed the former first lady leading him by 2 percentage points last Wednesday, while a recent NBC News survey favored her by 9 percentage points. And while Trump is ahead in the Emerson College poll, only 33 percent of voters said they expect him to win in November, compared to 54 percent who placed their bet on Clinton.
The survey of 800 likely voters in North Carolina was conducted Aug. 27-29. Results contain a margin of error plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.