Pat McCrory

The second of three Gubernatorial Debates between Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton takes place tonight.

Pat McCrory
PatMcCrory.com

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory has been here before. Four years ago he lost the closest Governors race in the country to Bev Perdue. Now, the former seven-term mayor of Charlotte is leading in the polls and hoping a second bid for the state house yields a different result. Jeff Tiberii reports on the man trying to become just the third Republican governor North Carolina has elected since 1900.

Barbara Howe
BarbaraHowe.net

The next governor of North Carolina will almost certainly be Republican Pat McCrory or Democrat Walter Dalton. But there is a third party candidate in the race and on the ballot, Libertarian Barbara Howe.

Walter Dalton
Office of the Lt. Governor

Earlier this year Bev Perdue announced she would not seek reelection as governor of North Carolina. The Democratic Party had to quickly find a suitable candidate to try to replace the state's chief executive. They voted for Walter Dalton, the man who had replaced Perdue as Lieutenant Governor four years earlier. Jeff Tiberii reports on the former six-term state senator, now vying for the Governor's mansion.

North Carolina's major party candidates for Governor both spoke at an economic event in Greensboro today.

Dalton McCrory Debate
Jeff Tiberii

There was another debate last night. Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory are vying to be the next Governor of North Carolina. They met in the first of three scheduled Gubernatorial forums and answered questions about a wide range of topics.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina is not making an endorsement for governor.

Gurnal Scott: The organization representing more than 50,000 state employees and retirees is holding back its support..and perhaps more importantly..its money from Democrat Walter Dalton, Republican Pat McCrory and Libertarian Barbara Howe.

Dana Cope: I think they're focused on other issues perhaps that are polling higher in this election cycle.

Walter Dalton
Jeff Tiberii

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton held a Town Hall meeting this morning in Winston-Salem.

Jeff Tiberii: The current Lieutenant Governor answered questions from a group of about 30 people at a local community college. Dalton responded to audience members on issues of transportation, education and was repeatedly asked about taxes and if he would extend a sales tax increase, should he be elected to office; a position he has not taken a definitive stance on.

Republican Pat McCrory brought his campaign for governor to the Triangle yesterday. 

Pat McCrory: I need your help. This is going to be a fight.

Gurnal Scott: Some of McCrory's supporters who came to see him in Cary may find that hard to believe. New numbers from left-leaning Public Policy polling show him with a seven-point lead on Democratic candidate Walter Dalton. McCrory took time to talk his goals should he win in November. He says a top priority is creating opportunities for people to find jobs.

Republican Pat McCrory's gubernatorial campaign reported its campaign funding for the second quarter today. His campaign committee announced it had raised over 2.2 million dollars during the second quarter of 2012. Brian Nick is a spokesman for the McCrory campaign.

Brian Nick: What some people may not know is he was vastly outspent in the 2008 election by Governor Perdue. And so to have the kind of resources on hand in this election to be able to get his message out is a very important thing so he isn't massively outspent like he was last time.

State Republicans have gathered in Greensboro for the weekend.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory laid out his education platform today. As Dave DeWitt reports, the former mayor of Charlotte is in favor of expanding school choice and teacher merit pay, among other things.

Dave DeWitt: McCrory was careful not to wade into the current debate between Governor Bev Perdue and the Republican led Legislature over school funding. He refused to say if schools were adequately funded under the current budget, but instead offered outlines of new programs that he said may save money.

Jeff Tiberii

Republican Pat McCrory is in his first full day on the campaign trail for Governor.

Jeff Tiberii: On Tuesday night in a Greensboro suburb just blocks from where he grew up McCrory made the symbolic first step of his Gubernatorial bid:

Pat McCrory: Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to return back home to officially announce that I will run for Governor because we’re going to fix this broken government and we’re going to fix this broken economy here in North Carolina.

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