Next year's race for North Carolina governor is already generating a lot of headlines. The website politico.com has ranked the expected rematch between Beverly Perdue and Pat McCrory as the second most competitive contest for 2012.
Perdue won the first race in 2008 to become North Carolina's first female governor, but Politico shows several polls that have her trailing the former mayor of Charlotte. McCrory triumphed the website's polls for the month of October with 47% of online votes, beating out Perdue's 42%. While McCrory has not formally announced he will be a candidate in 2012, he is raising money and indications are that he will file to do so in January.