Non-candidates ahead in governor's race?

January 30, 2012 3:28:01 PM PST
While some expected names have stepped up to challenge Republican Pat McCrory for the job as North Carolina's next governor, it appears if the election was held today that other Democrats might do better.

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.

Click here to read all the poll data on the PPP web site.

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