McCrory kicks off his campaign Tuesday in Guilford County. On the Democrat's side, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and Rep. Bill Faison will run and U.S. Rep. Brad Miller and former State Treasurer Richard Moore said Monday they're still considering bids.
But a new poll released Monday by the left-leaning Public Polling Group looks at a long slate of other possible Democratic nominees. PPP said its research shows the strongest Democratic candidate would be former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, who trails McCrory only 44-42 in a hypothetical contest.
Bowles has not said if he'll throw his hat into the ring.
Current North Carolina senator Kay Hagan also polls higher than the declared candidates, but she told ABC11 Monday that she's not interested in a run for governor.