Just about everyone with even a casual eye on North Carolina politics over the last year fully expects former Charlotte Republican Mayor Pat McCrory to seek a rematch against Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue next year. On Monday, he said with full certainty he will run, in an interview with the AP:
"I am convinced that now is the time to run for governor and bring the changes to a broken government and hopefully generate an environment that allows our economy to grow in North Carolina," McCrory said, adding "I just think it's important for me before the holiday season to let (the public) know I'm 100 percent committed to this effort."
Perdue is arguably the most vulnerable Democratic governor facing reelection in 2012. McCrory has been gearing up for a bid for months, raising money and hinting in video announcements to supporters that he intends to make a bid. Democrats are defending eight governor's mansions next year while Republicans are defending just three.
Perdue defeated McCrory by just three points in 2008.