Despite a flood of corporate dark money poured into this race to attack Colonel Moe Davis (USAF, Ret.), the Democratic nominee for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District has maintained a lead in the latest polling results. Top-line data by EMC Research on a poll conducted Oct. 15-18 shows Col. Davis up by three points, 45-42, with two weeks to go before the election.
The poll, from a live telephone survey of 400 likely November 2020 voters in the 11th District, was conducted by professional interviewers with calls to both landlines and mobile phones and has a margin of error of ±4.9. A previous poll of 400 likely November voters conducted in September showed Col. Davis ahead, 46-42.
“Thanks to the hard work of more than 1,000 volunteers and the generosity of folks who’ve made over 35,000 individual donations to my campaign, I’m ahead with just days left to go,’’ Col. Davis said. “It shows that no amount of dirty corporate PAC money spent to tell lies about me and plaster over my opponent’s poor character and lack of qualifications can fool NC-11 voters. Still, it’s a close race and we need to make sure that every voter who believes we need to get the country and Western North Carolina back on the right track gets out and votes. Together, we can do this.”
As many as 60 SuperPACs have spent over $1.5 million in dark money on ad buys in the final months of the campaign to prop up Republican Madison Cawthorn. But his support among voters has not grown, making clear that Western North Carolina voters prefer a candidate with a proven record of leadership and character and will not back a candidate like Mr. Cawthorn with a history of dishonesty who has never held a full-time job.
The Cook Report has twice upgraded NC-11 to indicate this once heavily gerrymandered district has become more competitive now that lines have been redrawn and Asheville and Buncombe County have been reunited. Sabato’s Crystal Ball has also issued a ratings upgrade, with Decision Desk HQ calling the race a toss-up.
Colonel Davis, who was born, raised and educated in North Carolina, served for 25 years in the Air Force. He is best known as the Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who resigned his post when ordered by the Bush Administration to use evidence obtained by torture. Col. Davis later led the Air Force Judiciary and has worked as a national security specialist for Congress, law professor at Howard University and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor before announcing a run for Congress in November.
He and his wife, Lisa, live in Asheville.
You can learn more about Moe Davis and his campaign at moedavisforcongress.com and follow him on Facebook and Instagram at @MoeDavisforCongress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis and @MoeNC11.