CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With a new special election slated for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, speculation abounds about who might run for the seat. 

Democrat Dan McCready has already announced he'll run again but it's unclear if he'll face any opponent in the primary. 

On the Republican side, the field is wide open. On Monday, former Gov. Pat McCrory dashed any hopes that he might run for the seat. During his show on WBT radio, he said he's more interested in running for governor again or perhaps the U.S. Senate in a few years. 

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"Right now, I want to finish some of my commitments before I make that decision," McCrory said. "I'm in no rush to make that decision."

Former Charlotte City Councilman Kenny Smith, Union County GOP Chairman Dan Barry and former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour have all been mentioned as possible contenders for the seat. 

And then there's still the question about when the elections will happen. The State Board of Elections must still set a date for the primary and general election for the 9th District.