Poll shows Cooper and McCrory still in dead heat

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The latest poll from PPP shows the race is in a dead heat (WTVD)

A new poll done by liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper are still neck and neck in the Governor's race.

The poll shows McCrory and Cooper tied at 41 percent each, with Libertarian Lon Cecil getting 6 percent. McCrory's approval rating came in at 43/47 while Cooper is still a bit of a blank slate to voters, PPP says. According to the poll, 35 percent have no opinion about Cooper one way or another, while 34 percent see him favorably compared to 31% unfavorable.

House Bill 2 continues to remain unpopular among voters, according to PPP. Only 32 percent support it compared to 43 percent who oppose the bill. In addition, PPP says only 30 percent think the bill has made North Carolina safer, compared to 47 percent who say it hasn't had an impact.

Cooper and McCrory held their first debate Friday which included talking about HB2.

Read more: Gov. McCrory and Roy Cooper hold first debate.

Gov. McCrory repeated his stance that the private sector should not have their bathroom policies set by cities, states, or the federal government.

Cooper said he wants the campaign to be about where North Carolina goes from here, and said McCrory has gone on national TV and criticized NC companies for voicing their opposition to HB2.

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McCrory and Cooper on HB2

The two men also debated on teacher pay. North Carolina ranked 41st in the nation in 2016 for teacher pay and 44th in per-pupil spending.

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Complete McCrory Cooper debate

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