Cheri Beasley final push: Republicans are making progress slip away

North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley is out with a final ad push ahead of Tuesday’s General Midterm Election criticizing her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, of being part of a conservative political machine that is stripping possibility from hard-working Americans.

“North Carolina made my story possible. It’s where I started as a public defender, raised a family, became a judge and made history as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,” Beasley opens in the ad. “But for too many that sense of possibility feels like it’s slipping away because politicians, like Congressman Ted Budd aren’t focused on us. They’re helping themselves.”

The ad, “Slipping Away,” goes on to say that “we can get things done in Washington, we just have to change who we send there.”

According to the most recent poll from Marist, Beasley is trailing Bud slightly, at 45% support to his 49%. 

The poll results were a slight improvement for Beasley, who trailed Budd in a previous poll from the Trafalgar Group by 4 percentage points. But her position remained unchanged when considering voters who say they will definitely vote.

Democrats hold a slight edge in voter registration in the state, with 2.3 million registered Democrats to just over 2 million GOP voters, according to L2 voter data. But non-partisan voters outnumber both political parties in the state, with nearly 2.4 million no party-affiliated registered voters.

The Marist Poll among 1,247 North Carolina adults was taken Oct. 17-20, before Beasley earned an endorsement from former President Barack Obama.

Budd has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Beasley and Budd are running for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr, who is retiring. It represents an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in the now-split Senate as Republicans fight to keep the seat red.

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