RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Democratic notables are asking themselves a question that was moot just a few days ago: Can I be the next governor?
Gov. Beverly Perdue's announcement Thursday that she won't seek a second term has Democratic elected officials, former officials and ex-candidates scrambling to decide whether they want to run in a primary about 100 days away. The candidate filing period starts Feb. 13.
Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is in, state Rep. Bill Faison is about to enter the race and at least a half-dozen others are considering bids.
Democratic consultants and former candidates say those with good name recognition, easy access to campaign funds and a statewide supporter network stand the best chance to win.
The winner likely will take on Republican Pat McCrory in the general election.