Governor Beverly Perdue says she is running for a second term next year.
She told that to reporters at a break during a meeting in Havelock. The Democrat said it was not a formal announcement, but she has every intention to run. Perdue calls herself a "tough woman".
She won the governor's race in 2008 in a close race against Republican Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte. Perdue had 50.27% of the vote, while McCrory had 46.88% and Michael Munger had 2.85%.
McCrory has already raised more than $1 million for a likely rematch with Perdue.
The governor was speaking at the strategy session on North Carolina's military bases and economy in Havelock.
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