A Civitas poll conducted this week in NC House District 1 shows challenger John Woodard (R) in the lead over incumbent Bill Owens (D), 44% to 41%  15% are undecided.  The poll’s margin of error is 5.3%.  The poll of 356 registered voters was taken July 29-August 1st.

This is grim news for the the eight-term incumbent who is Chairman of the powerful Rules Committee in the House.  This is the first time that Owens has been challenged since his election in 1994.   John Woodard is making his first bid for public office.

House District 1 includes Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck and Tyrrell counties.

John Woodard Campaign Website

At press time, Bill Ownes did not have a campaign website.

To see the actual poll results and crosstabs, click here

For more details on the poll, check out Civitas’ Press Release here