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McCrory prepares for hometown campaign

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory will
campaign in earnest for North Carolina governor starting next week
in the county where he spent much of his childhood.

McCrory's campaign said Wednesday the Republican will formally
announce his bid on the Internet next Tuesday morning, followed by
a speech later in the day in Guilford County at the Oriental Shrine
Club. The 55-year-old McCrory moved to Guilford in the mid-1960s.

McCrory plans similar events Wednesday and Thursday in
Hendersonville, Wilmington and New Bern, which is the hometown of
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue - his probable opponent in the
November election. Perdue edged McCrory in the 2008 election.

McCrory had been acting like a candidate over the past year and
announced last month he was "100 percent committed" to seek the
Republican nomination.

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

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