RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Beverly Perdue rose through the ranks of North Carolina's good ol' boy political network and made history when she was elected as the state's first female governor four years ago.

It turns out the only glass ceiling the Craven County Democrat didn't break through was the one for a second term.

Perdue decided not to seek re-election. Republican Pat McCrory won easily in November and gets sworn in Jan. 5.

Perdue's administration was weighed down by the Great Recession, which forced her to close multibillion-dollar budget gaps and led her to raise taxes in 2009.

State government will be completely in Republican hands after she leaves office. Perdue said in an interview with The Associated Press she's still content with how she governed and her choice not to run again.

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