5.09.2012

NC’s lieutenant governor, former Charlotte mayor advance to November race to succeed Perdue

North Carolina Democratic lieutenant governor and former republican mayor of Charlotte is Square in November to win the one-term Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue served after the main race victory Tuesday.

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton beat former U.S. Rep.. Bob Etheridge on a six-candidate Democratic primary, which opened in late January when Perdue decided not to seek re-election. In almost all areas around reporting unofficial results, the Dalton with 45 percent vs. 38 percent Etheridge. Dalton takes over 40 percent to avoid a runoff.

Republican Pat McCrory cruised the victory of the primary, receiving more than 83 percent of the vote in nearly complete returns. Paul Wright, a former judge, is in second place with 5 percent. There are four other GOP candidates.

The Libertarian Barbara Howe also run in the November gubernatorial election.

Fall election race is likely to be overshadowed by the presidential election in North Carolina, which is expected to be a battleground state. Obama narrowly won the state's 15 electoral votes in 2008, ending a series of Republican presidential victories that dates back to Ronald Reagan.

McCrory, who narrowly lost the 2008 general election Perdue, Perdue expected rematch in this year in an effort to reclaim the Executive Mansion of the Republican Party in Raleigh for the first time in 20 years. He was a simple core and will have first fundraising advantage in Dalton, who spent most of his money to appear on television in the main.

Communicate with supporters in celebration of Charlotte early Tuesday night, McCrory warned voters to "accept a leader that my opponent could be part of the good ol 'boy system - and yes the good ol' girl system - last decade or two. "

McCrory, 55, said in an interview in the main decisive victory "gives us a strong momentum going into the general election ... Now our goal is to expand that base to become more independent and more Democratic. "

Dalton, 62, is a former state senator from the mountains of North Carolina elected lieutenant governor in 2008. He tried his party to victory to connect McCrory, who is not elected office because-stepping apart as the largest city in North Carolina mayor in late 2009, the education policy-led republican legislature which he says has ruined the country.

"If he wants to separate himself from the Republican leader, I have not seen it," Dalton said in an interview.

Etheridge, a four-decade career in elected office ended abruptly in 2010 when he lost his eastern North Carolina congressional seat in republican Renee Ellmers, pledged to work with Democrats to prevent McCrory from winning.

"I have a career that stand for a bright future for North Carolina," said 70-year-Etheridge.

Dalton campaign outraised Etheridge with an income of about 4-to-one until the end of April, according to records filed with the State Board of Elections.

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