2nd Republican Enters NC Gubernatorial Race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory has a primary opponent.

A list on the State Board of Elections web site says Fayetteville resident James Harney filed Wednesday to run as a GOP candidate for governor. Harney didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment, but his entry means McCrory will have to run some kind of campaign for the May 8 primary.

McCrory has been considered the presumptive GOP nominee and spent the past several months trying to clear the field of high-profile candidates through speeches to party groups and fundraising. The former Charlotte mayor narrowly lost to Democrat Beverly Perdue in the 2008 general election. She isn't seeking a second term but at least four other Democrats are in the race.


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  • by Mr. America Location: downeast on Feb 23, 2012 at 04:28 AM
    Finally a name people can recognize,another meaty candidate.Was this the guy that said "Hey Vern"?
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Feb 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
    VERY good politics by the Republicans!!!! The Presidential primary will most likely be over before it reaches North Carolina so the Republican turnout may be lower. But also remember we have the defense of marriage Amendment that will be voted on during the primary. So now Republicans will now have a reason to go and vote in the primary and McCrory will not have to spend a dime acknowledging this guy.
  • by who??? Location: greenville on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:30 PM
    What??? Who is this guy??? You got to be kidding me.
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