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Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Democratic North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says she is not running for re-election this year.

Perdue released a statement Thursday saying she won’t seek another four-year term because she believes a re-election bid would make it more difficult to find a bipartisan solution to fund public education in a divisive political environment.


Perdue became North Carolina’s first woman governor in 2008.

She has faced poor poll numbers, continued budget troubles and a campaign investigation while Republicans took over the Legislature last year.

Perdue announced last week she would offer a budget this spring that would seek a sales tax increase for education. Republicans let a temporary sales tax increase expire last summer.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • SurfCityTom

    McCrory would have handed her head to her on a platter; and she knew it.

    Now she can take her nearly $1,000,000 campaign fund and go into retirement.

    Or maybe the Educaion Governor will apply to be the new head of CFCC.

  • Monkey Junction

    That says a whole lot about Pat McCrory as he could not beat Purdue.

  • Guestby

    Out with the old and in with a new, GOODBYE PERDUE! Woooohoooo.

    Your employees!

  • Robert Green

    Happy should now dial up Obama and he should do likewise.The excuse for not seeking a second term is lame.Maybe it was because you are an idiot and the job is above your pay grade.Ronald McDonald could probably win going head to head over Bozo Perdue.

  • inherworld

    Gov. Perdue did a wonderful and marvelous job for the State of North Carolina….

    Hold on….I woke up in HER world….Sorry…

    Goodbye….Tax and Spender!!!!!

  • WX_Guy

    Clearly, Perdue has become a rather unpopular governor. Consider the larger picture.

    NC will likely be a battleground state in the national election in Nov. An unpopular Democrat governor would be a liability rather than an asset to the Big O.

    Isn’t it curious that the story apparently broke in the Washington Post before it made it to NC news outlets?

  • Guest Reply

    This decision by Bev raises 12 questions for North Carolinian’s:
    1. How will this effect gas prices?
    2. Will Screen Gems Protest?
    3. Will lottery tax dollars “now” go back to NC Education again?
    4. Will food prices go up…or down?
    5. Will my neighbors dog quit barking at night?
    6. Will she be homeless now?
    7. Will her hair color go back to brown?
    8. Will she lose her invitations to “Family Reunions?
    9. Will she get state funded “Secret Service Protection?”…..
    10.Does she lose her “Frequent Flier Miles” now?
    11.Does this mean Bill Saffo will switch over now to running for Governor?
    12.If Bill Saffo does run for NC Governor…will North Korea intervene?

  • Guest of Whom?

    Gov. Perdue has been a terrible leader for NC. Now we see she is also a quitter. We all know she isn’t running because she doesn’t want to be embarrassed by likely losing a Primary Election, not even getting a chance to lose the General Election. Good riddance!

  • Guest CommonTater


  • GREAT!!!

    Please let it be Obama next. These two morons are not good for anything…

  • guesty

    First positive thing smiley has done for the state. Maybe she has realized she has messed up so badly she wouldn’t stand a chance. Just like Jason Thompson did locally.

  • Guest1234

    Ricky Meeks for Governor!!!

  • Guest1165

    Why don’t all the misogynists that will post on here declare it a holiday.

  • Grandma

    What?? Incompetence for female or anyone gives them a break and gets the name-calling started? Shame on you.

  • thank you

    As a state employee this makes me so happy. She has been the worst “leader” i have ever seen. I guess the long leaf pine award is next for her huh?

  • holiday

    If this is true it should be declared a state holiday!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest28429

    AWESOME!! There is nothing better she could do for the state of NC than not seek reelection. I was SURPRISED she won in the first place. She has not help this state at all and education – her former profession- has suffered major blows under her leadership. Now this time around lets get someone in office who can make a difference not just talk a lot of crap to get elected. We need results in all area to improve NC on all levels for the citizens here.

    Good Riddance Gov. Perdue!!

  • ChefnSurf

    When the never-ending well of tax dollars finally starts drying up the Tax and Spenders will become extinct. Unfortunately, we just can’t wait for them all to politically die off. If we wait that long, the well will be completely dry.


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