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McIntyre Won't Run for Governor of North Carolina

Updated at 8:10 p.m.

Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., won't run for governor, he announced in a statement on Friday. He will run for reelection to the House instead.

McIntyre's full statement:

"My heart is in public service, and I love North Carolina. I am honored to have had my name considered for Governor, but there is simply not enough time between now and May 8th to construct the type of campaign that I would have liked to establish. I appreciate the many kind words and encouragement I have received. My plan is to run for re-election to Congress."

Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue announced last month that she would not seek a second term. The current field of Democratic candidates includes former Rep. Bob Etheridge, state Rep. Bill Faison, and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican who narrowly lost to Perdue in 2008, is the frontrunner in the race.

McIntyre joins of sizable list of prominent Democrats who considered a bid, but ultimately opted not to run, including Attorney General Roy Cooper, Erskine Bowles, Rep. Heath Shuler and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

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