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VOTE 2012: Lt. Gov. Dalton throws hat in the ring to replace Perdue

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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton today made the following statement:

“I believe that our future economy and better jobs depend on our historic commitment to education. After all, education is in North Carolina’s DNA – it's what sets us apart and it's what will determine our future. However, you can’t make progress if you are pointed in the wrong direction. Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are facing the wrong way by cutting teachers, reducing scholarships and abandoning economic development. They are doing lasting damage to our state. I’ve dedicated my career to improving education at all levels and making North Carolina a great place to do business.

“Today, I'm announcing that I am running for Governor. Lucille and I love this state and we understand tough political races. I am the only candidate who has run and won statewide and I look forward to waging an aggressive campaign. Elections are about choices. As a state we must decide the direction in which we will turn. With this campaign, I choose to look ahead to a brighter future. I choose progress. I choose a future where public education is the foundation of our economy.”

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Walter...

who?

Name recognition is vital...and Walter doesn't have it. I wouldn't be surprised to see Tax Hike Mike McIntyre run.

McIntyre

is not going to give up a sure thing.

He could have run against Liddy Dole; chose not to for fear of defeat; Hagen stepped in and she was elected.

Plus he needs to keep his tribal followers, the Lumbees, happy. He can not do that in Raleigh.

No, look for Mike to stay where he is for the next couple of years.

Maybe, if he avoids a felony conviction, former Senator Edwards will step up to the plate. He has name recognition.

Inquiring minds

want to know:

When will Erskine Bowles announce?

And if he does not, when will Jim Hunt announce?

Walter Dalton likely does not have the ability to raise the funds which will be required. Bowles or former Governor Hunt do.