North Carolina Democratic senatorial candidate Cal Cunningham is leading his challenger, Sen. Thom Tillis, even after a cheating scandal that brought him national news attention, according to a poll released Monday.
A SurveyUSA poll put Cunningham 10 percentage points ahead of Tillis. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would vote for Cunningham, 39% said they would vote for Tillis, 3% said they would vote for someone else, and 8% said they were undecided. The question carried with it, however, a significant margin of error at plus or minus 4.8 points.
The poll was conducted among 669 likely voters in the state from Thursday to Sunday.
For months, Cunningham has been polling steadily ahead of his Republican opponent.
On Oct. 2, Cunningham admitted to sending texts of a sexual nature to a woman who was not his wife. That woman said their relationship was physical on at least one occasion. Reporting indicates that the Democrat might have had an affair with a second woman as well. He has avoided answering further questions on the matter.
In an East Carolina University poll that concluded on Oct. 4, Tillis was polling 1 point ahead of Cunningham, leaving some to speculate whether Tillis was making a comeback amid the scandal.
With the SurveyUSA poll, as well as a Public Policy Polling survey concluding on Oct. 5 that put Cunningham 5 points ahead, it appears that is less likely to be the case.
Cunningham last polled in the double digits in a CBS News/YouGov survey, which concluded on Sept. 24 and showed him leading Tillis by 10 points.
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