If a new poll is to be believed, the race in North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District just became closer than anyone expected.
Republican challenger B.J. Lawson’s campaign released internal polling data Tuesday that puts him in a virtual tie with U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., with only four-tenths of a percentage point between them.
Lawson’s campaign is billing the release as a major victory and a sign that he is making inroads in challenging incumbent Price. But political analysts have questioned the validity of the poll and the degree to which Price is actually in danger of losing his solidly Democratic seat.
“This isn’t your standard polling outfit,” said David Wasserman, house editor for The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan elections analysis group. “This is an outfit that most in Washington would not consider reputable. All the indicators are that David Price is in a strong position to win re-election.”
The data was gathered by a group called Action Solutions, a consulting group that does fundraising and polling for candidates. It found that 46.5 percent of respondents said they would vote for Lawson, compared with 46.1 percent for Price.