Governor Bev Perdue insisted until shortly before the May Primary that she was going to run for re-election.
As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, the North Carolina gubernatorial race had top-ranking Democratic candidates scrambling with just weeks to campaign before the primary.
Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton edged out former U.S. Representative Bob Etheridge, setting up a general election race with Republican Pat McCrory. Dalton had nearly 46 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Etheridge. That means Dalton, an attorney and former state senator, has enough to avoid a runoff. Pat McCrory lapped the field of five other candidates in the Republican primary, grabbing 83 percent of the vote. The former Mayor of Charlotte also won the 2008 nomination but lost the Governor’s seat to Perdue.