By Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte’s mayoral race is a toss-up entering the final two weeks of the campaign, according to a Spectrum News poll released Monday.
The poll showed Democrat Vi Lyles with support from 41 percent of likely voters and Republican Kenny Smith with support from 40 percent, while the rest are undecided. The margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.
Early voting for the Nov. 7 election started last week and continues through Nov. 4.
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The Spectrum News poll shows:
▪ Male voters break for Smith 52 percent to 28 percent. Women favor Lyles 48 percent to 33 percent.
▪ White voters back Smith 53 percent to 27 percent. Black voters support Lyles 55 percent to 24 percent.
▪ Lyles has a 19-point lead among voters 35-49 and is favored by voters over 49. Smith has an edge among millennials. Among voters 18-35, he leads 51 percent to 21 percent.
Lyles has an advantage in a city where almost half the city’s voters – about 48 percent – are registered Democrats. Just 21 percent are Republican and 30 percent are unaffiliated.
But Smith started the general election campaign with more money than Lyles. That’s allowed him to run TV ads almost continuously while she has yet to go on the air.
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