Two independent polls released on the horserace between Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama on Supreme Court ruling: 'The Affordable Care Act is here to stay' Appeals court affirms North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' MORE and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFive takeaways from the Biden-Putin summit Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly MORE in North Carolina were conflicted Friday, one showing Obama in command and the other showing McCain with a small lead.

Obama leads McCain 48-43 percent in a poll from the Civitas Institute, reflecting a tightening margin separating the candidates in a state no Democrat has one since 1976. Two percent supported Libertarian candidate Bob Barr, and seven percent of voters said they were undecided.

McCain leads by two points, though, in an WSOC poll of the Tarheel state. 48 percent of voters said they will support McCain, while 46 percent said they would support Obama. Barr was not included in the poll, and six percent said they were undecided.

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The poll reflects a narrow margin between Republicans and Democrats not only in North Carolina's presidential vote, but in also hotly-contested senatorial and gubernatorial races. Incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) has struggled to hold off a fierce challenge from Democrat Kay Barnes in the race.

The Civitas poll was conducted October 6-8, and has a 4.2 percent margin of error. The WSOC poll was conducted October 6-7, and has a five percent margin of error.

-Michael O'Brien