[..] Etheridge has the support of 21 percent of North Carolina Democrats, followed by 13 percent who prefer state Sen. Dan Blue, 10 percent for Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, 8 percent for U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, 7 percent for former state Treasurer Richard Moore, 6 percent for U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and 2 percent for state Rep. Bill Faison.
One-third of the Democrats are not sure, according to the survey taken by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh. It was the first poll taken since Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s surprise announcement that she would not seek re-election.“Bob Etheridge starts out as the nominal favorite in the Democratic governor’s race, said Dean Debnam, the polling firm’s president. “But with the large mass of voters undecided, the race is pretty wide open.” […]