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Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, a Democrat elected in 2008 who has struggled to maintain support among voters, won’t run for re-election in November, the Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified party official.
North Carolina is a so-called swing state that backed President Barack Obama in 2008. The decision comes after Perdue’s standing among residents has tumbled, with fewer than a third saying they approved of her performance, according to a Public Policy Polling survey this month indicating she would face a challenging re-election fight.
Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory, who is seeking the Republican nomination, is leading Perdue in various polls by at least 10 percentage points, said Ballard Everett, a Raleigh campaign consultant for Republican candidates.
A call to Perdue’s press office wasn’t immediately returned.
--With assistance from David Mildenberg in Charlotte. Editors: Stephen Merelman, William Glasgall
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