Senate District 45 starts off its race much like that of Senate District 50 which we released yesterday — a statistical dead heat.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Steve Goss leads Republican challenger Dan Soucek 43%-41%, but inside the poll’s statistical margin of error.
Goss begins the race with a fairly sizable name ID advantage, practically doubling the favorables of Soucek. Goss’s net favorability rating is +23 (34% favorable, 11% unfavorable), while Soucek’s is only +8 (18% favorable, 10% unfavorable).
Turning to the portion of the Congressional district that overlaps SD 45, Virginia Foxx is doing very well in the area, defeating her opponent Billy Kennedy 54%-37%.
However, Richard Burr isn’t fairing nearly as well, with voters high country having an overall unfavorable opinion of his job as Senator: 33% approve, 42% disapprove.
Full results and crosstabs here.