Political notebook: Poll shows GOP beating Clinton in hypothetical matchup

Published 12:05 am Saturday, March 12, 2016

A poll released this week by High Point University shows all Republican presidential candidates beating Democrat Hillary Clinton in hypothetical, North Carolina matchups.

For its poll, High Point University contracted a third-party firm to interview 1,600 registered voters between March 9 and March 10.

Ohio Governor John Kasich would fare best against Hillary Clinton, according to High Point University’s research. The University’s poll found Kasich would receive 53 percent of the vote in a hypothetical matchup with Clinton, who would receive 38 percent.

Businessman Donald Trump received the next highest percentage of support. Trump would receive 49 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 42 percent, according to High Point’s poll. Nine percent said they were undecided in the Trump-Clinton matchup.

Sens. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Marco Rubio, of Florida, both beat Clinton in hypothetical matchups, but fall within a margin of error.

“When it comes to thinking ahead about the candidate they would support in the general election, Gov. Kasich is particularly strong against the possible Democratic nominees,” said Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of political science and director of the HPU Poll. “Among our likely voters, Republicans are doing well at all levels, but the presidential race looks like a place where the characteristics of the candidates themselves might matter quite a bit.”

Adams will move to Charlotte for 12th District run

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, a Democrat, on Thursday said she would move to Charlotte as part of her re-election bid.

Adams currently represents the 12th District, which was moved entirely to Mecklenburg County as part of a new congressional map. It previously stretched from Winston-Salem and Greensboro to Charlotte. Courts declared its previous unconstitutional and racially gerrymandered.

She held a news conference this week at Charlotte’s First Ward Park to announce her re-election. During the news conference, Adams said “I am announcing today that not only am I running for reelection in the 12 Congressional District, I have started the process of moving to the Queen City.”

Referring to her on-term in Congress, Adams said Charlotte “can’t afford to go to the back of the line.”

Under the current configuration, Adams currently represents a stretch of Rowan County. The new congressional map places Rowan County in the 13th and 8th congressional districts.

Instead of March 15, congressional elections will be held in June this year.

Hudson introduces act to prevent regulation in racing

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8, helped introduce a measure to prevent race cars from being included in regulation outlined in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act.

Hudson and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10, this week introduced a bill called the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016. It aims to uphold the exemption of race cars from the Clean Air Act. A news release from Hudson, whose district contains the Charlotte Motor Speedway, said converting a motor vehicle into a race car is a significant part of American automotive heritage.

“Regulations that waste our money, time and resources are bad for jobs, but the EPA is going one step further to restrict our personal freedom,” Hudson said. “Even if I didn’t represent Charlotte Motor Speedway and a whole lot of racing enthusiasts, I would be outraged by this ridiculous government overreach.”

Hudson said race cars were previously excluded from EPA regulation. A proposed EPA amendment would add race cars to regulation.

“We’re not just going to sound the alarm on this – we’re going to stop it,” Hudson said.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.