Long list of possible candidates to replace Perdue

January 26, 2012 3:26:19 PM PST
Now that Gov. Bev Perdue has decided not to run for re-election, everyone is asking is who will step in as the top Democrat.

Among the names on the radar, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who has announced he will run for governor and he is getting a lot of support from those in the Democratic Party.

"I believe that our future economy and better jobs depend on our historic commitment to education. After all, education is in North Carolina's DNA -- it's what sets us apart and it's what will determine our future," said Dalton in a statement. "However, you can't make progress if you are pointed in the wrong direction. Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership are facing the wrong way by cutting teachers, reducing scholarships and abandoning economic development. They are doing lasting damage to our state. I've dedicated my career to improving education at all levels and making North Carolina a great place to do business."

Also on the list is Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

Attorney Cal Cunningham, who ran for Senate in 2010 and lost to Elaine Marshall in the Democratic Primary, could also throw his hat in the ring.

Rep. Bill Faison is also on the list. Experts say Faison is considered a wild card.

Former State Treasurer Richard Moore, who told ABC11 that he will take a "close look" at possibly making a run.

There are also reports Congressman Heath Shuler is strongly considering a run.

One top name everyone is wondering about is Erskine Bowles. He told the Charlotte Observer he is not running.

Polls have shown Bowles would fare well against likely Republican-candidate Pat McCrory. Bowles is a well-liked Democrat in Washington. He is currently on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Also not running is Attorney General Roy Cooper. His name has swirled as a possible candidate for governor on numerous occasions. However, Cooper told ABC11, "I am honored to serve as attorney general and plan to file for re-election for that office to continue my work keeping people safe and moving North Carolina forward."

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