Early Polls: I'm at 2 to 4 %
The Republican field for governor might get more crowded. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is pondering a run and released a study to show he is a viable candidate.
McCrory circulated an e-mail to supporters recently. He touted three reasons he might run -- problems with state leadership, the current candidates being part of the status quo and his successful skills and leadership.
"Now I plan to go through a serious decision-making process and self-assessment to help me determine if I should run for governor," McCrory said in the e-mail.
State Sen. Fred Smith, former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr and attorney Bill Graham are the three other Republican candidates for governor.
McCrory commissioned a study by Voter Consumer Research in Washington, D.C. The survey showed that "we are in the lead over the three already announced (Republican) candidates with 39 percent still undecided." The e-mail did not give a breakdown of percentages.
Potential voters were also asked if they supported McCrory against potential candidates in the general election. One question asked voters if they leaned toward McCrory, Lt. Gov. Bev Purdue, a Democrat, Michael Munger, a Libertarian, or Dennis Neilson, an independent candidate. Respondents favored McCrory 39 percent, Purdue 36 percent, Munger 2 percent and Neilson 4 percent. The poll had 18 percent undecided. With Richard Moore as the Democratic candidate, the results were Moore 37 percent, McCrory 36 percent, Munger 4 percent, Neilson 3 percent, don't know 18 percent and refused 1 percent.
"These results are outstanding since we have not initiated a state-wide campaign and it shows we can win both the primary and general election," McCrory said in the e-mail. "They also show a large number of undecideds, which means the race is wide open."...