Another Republican candidate for governor is working again on getting some support Down East.
Charlotte Mayor and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Pat McCrory announced this week he was hiring former Carteret County party chairman Bob Pruett to lead his grassroots efforts in 39 eastern counties.
Eastern North Carolina voters remain predominantly Democratic, but more have voted Republican in federal races in recent years. But the GOP has had a hard time translating that to governor.
In 2004, Republican nominee Patrick Ballantine of Wilmington didn't fare that well as incumbent Democrat Mike Easley -- from Southport -- racked up big wins there.
This time, Democratic nominee Beverly Perdue is from New Bern. And McCrory only won one eastern county in the May 6 primary, losing the rest to second-place Fred Smith.