Governor Perdue's announcement comes as a surprise for some, a disappointment to others and there's a scramble for democrats to figure out who will run in her place as many republicans think they might have a candidate on tap who can win.
Governor Perdue supporter Donna Whitley says she's sad about the governor's decision. Whitley says Perdue fought for education and was met with strong opposition from republicans. Local republicans say Perdue's approval rating has been the lowest for any governor in the country, and Perdue most likely had no chance of winning re-election.
"My guess is, she's looking at the same poll numbers that many of us are and reading the tea leaves, and she's looking at a formidable candidate in Pat McCrory." said Ferrell Blount, Former Republican State Chairman
"I think it's very noble of her to say, look if I'm going to be... If I'm going to be such a partisan point of politicizing things maybe it's time for me to step aside and let someone in and see if they can work with these people." said Whitley.