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The exit of Gov. Beverly Perdue from the 2012 North Carolina gubernatorial race opened the door for a variety of serious and rumored candidates on both party tickets.
Former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory â€” a Republican who lost to Perdue in the 2008 race for governor â€” and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, a Democrat, are in the race.
Current Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and former UNC system president Erskine Bowles said they won't run for the state's top government position.
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