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Foxx Won't Run for Governor in North Carolina

January 31, 2012

It won't be Charlotte Mayor versus (former) Charlotte Mayor in North Carolina this year.

Current Democratic Mayor Anthony Foxx won't run for governor, he announced on Tuesday morning.

Foxx's full statement:

"Over the past few days I have given serious consideration to a run for Governor of North Carolina. Given the unusual circumstances and short time, such a run would have required more focus on a statewide campaign than on my young family and many local issues of importance to me and so many Charlotte residents. Therefore, I have decided to forgo a statewide race this election cycle, and will continue my efforts to build a brighter future for our city."

Foxx is popular in Charlotte; he won reelection last November with an overwhelming 67 percent of the vote, which according to the Charlotte Observer is the largest winning margin in a mayoral race since 1999.

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is kicking off his Republican bid today. McCrory served as mayor of Charlotte from 1995-2009. While McCrory should cruise to the GOP nomination, the Democratic race is in flux, following Gov. Bev Perdue's announcement last week that she will retire rather than run for reelection this year.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison have said they are running. Along with Foxx, Attorney General Roy Cooper has said he is not. Meanwhile, a host of other potential names has surfaced. The list of maybes includes Erskine Bowles, former Rep. Bob Etheridge, Rep. Brad Miller, and Rep. Heath Shuler, among others.

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