Several national polls, including the NBC/Wall Street Journal’s, show Democrats ahead in North Carolina races for president, U.S. Senate and governor. Attorney General Roy Cooper reportedly is six percentage points ahead of incumbent Pat McCrory in the governor’s race. In the House, Democrats are not likely to regain the majority but can pick up enough seats to prevent a veto override. If Cooper wins, this is especially significant. The rapid growth of suburban precincts in Mecklenburg and Wake Counties could help Democrats. Also the GOP leadership’s stringent defense of controversial House Bill 2 reportedly is alienating moderate party voters and independents.