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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Erskine Bowles’s decision not to run for North Carolina governor hasn’t quenched the interest of other Democratic politicians still looking at the idea of running since Gov. Bev Perdue announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.

US Reps. Brad Miller of Raleigh and Mike McIntyre of Lumberton and former State Treasurer Richard Moore each said Thursday they were still considering a gubernatorial bid.

“Congressman McIntyre is continuing to discuss with family, leaders and advisors and pray about where he might best be of service to North Carolina,” McIntyre’s campaign spokesperson told WWAY in a statement. “No decision has yet been made. When a decision has been made, we will certainly inform you.”

Former Rep. Bob Etheridge didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Miller said in an interview he’d like to make a decision by this weekend.

Earlier Thursday, Bowles said he wasn’t running. He’s already run unsuccessfully twice for the U.S. Senate.

Two Democrats already are in the governor’s race – Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison. The presumptive Republican nominee is ex-Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

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

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