For the first time since 1992, a presidential election year will pass in 2008 without Governor Easley running for statewide office. But the race to replace Easley figures to focus plenty on his record in the Executive Mansion.
The campaign for governor got started in 2007, and will kick into a higher gear in the new year. And whoever emerges from the May primary as the GOP nominee is likely be an underdog against either Democratic candidate.
Democrats will have held the Executive Mansion for 16 years when
Easley leaves office in 2009, and only two Republicans have been
elected governor in the past century.