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Sources: Perdue won’t seek second term as governor

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Washington Post is reporting that Gov. Bev Perdue will not seek a second term in office. A blog on the newspapers’s website says Perdue will make the announcement today, citing “two sources familiar with her plans.”

Our sister station WTVD in Raleigh, CNN and Politico are also citing sources saying that Perdue will not run again.

The governor’s press secretary has not yet returned WWAY’s call and e-mail for comment. A call to Perdue’s campaign committee has also not yet been returned.

Perdue has been suffering from sagging poll numbers lately, and last week she proposed raising the state sales tax to help pay for education. Meanwhile state Rep. Bill Faison has been publicly discussing a possible primary challenge for Perdue.

According to the Post’s “The Fix” blog, “Sources say she has labored over her decision about whether to seek a second term. One source said she plans to announce she will step aside in a statement this afternoon.”

Whoever gets the Democratic nomination for governor is likely to face Republican Pat McCrory in November. The former Charlotte mayor narrowly lost to Perdue in the governor’s race in 2008.

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