If you take a glance at the major development in North Carolina state government over the past few days, you'll get a glimpse of what the 2012 gubernatorial contest could look like.
Gov. Bev Perdue (D) vetoed a Republican-backed measure that would have challenged the federal health care law over the weekend and former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) -- who Perdue narrowly defeated by just over 3 points in 2008 -- was critical of Perdue's decision, telling Charlotte's WBTV Monday "it makes no sense to say that a state challenging the constitutionality of a federal law is unconstitutional itself."
"A state can't pass a law that is out of obeyance with federal laws, and this House Bill 2 clearly is," Perdue said in her veto statement over the weekend.
Initially, it looked as if Perdue would let the bill become law without her signature, but a February 23 memo from the state's attorney general warning of the impact on some state programs apparently convinced her to change her mind.
When asked by Hotline On Call on February 25 in Washington whether she would veto the measure, Perdue had said, "I don't know what I'm going to do."
McCrory has not officially announced a gubernatorial bid, but sounds like he is ready for another run. "I hope to. I really want to," he said in February when asked whether he planned another gubernatorial campaign.