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.