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Former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. (Photo: Cheri Beasley for North Carolina).

New Brunswick woman in close race for North Carolina U.S. Senate seat

Democratic Cheri Beasley has 42%-41% lead in race for Richard Burr’s open seat

By David Wildstein, September 02 2022 4:53 pm

Former New Jersey resident Cheri Beasley is in a statistical dead heat in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina, according to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll released today.

A Democrat and the former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Beasley leads Republican Ted Budd , 42%-41%, in the race for the seat of retiring Republican Richard Burr.

Beasley lived in New Brunswick from 1984 to 1988 while attending Douglass College of Rutgers University.

President Joe Biden has upside-down approvals of 41%-54% in North Carolina, the poll shows.  Beasley’s favorables are at 40%-30%, while Budd is slightly underwater at 34%-40%.

Beasley is one of four onetime New Jersey residents seeking U.S. Senate seats in other states.

Democrat Mark Kelly, who is seeking re-election in Arizona, grew up in West Orange, Republican Herschel Walker, who is challenging incumbent Raphael Warnock in Georgia, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, spent most of his life in Bergen County – he moved last year to run for office – and remains on the active voter rolls out of his  home in Cliffside Park.

The PPP poll was in the field on August 29-30 and surveyed 601 North Carolina voters.

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