Mayor Foxx opts out of NC governor's race

Published: Jan. 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx announced Tuesday morning that he will not run for governor, deciding instead to remain in Charlotte and continue his work as mayor.

Foxx made his announcement in an e-mailed statement.

"Over the past few days I have given serious consideration to a run for Governor of North Carolina," Foxx said in the statement.

"Given the unusual circumstances and short time, such a run would have required more focus on a statewide campaign than on my young family and many local issues of importance to me and so many Charlotte residents. Therefore, I have decided to forgo a statewide race this election cycle, and will continue my efforts to build a brighter future for our city."

Speculation about Foxx jumping into the governor's race has been rampant in the days following Gov. Bev Perdue's announcement that she will not seek reelection.

If Foxx had decided to run, his likely GOP opponent would have been former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

McCrory is set to make his formal announcement for governor Tuesday afternoon in Greensboro.

Two Democrats have announced they are running for governor since Perdue's announcement. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County are already setting up campaigns.

A recent poll from Public Policy Polling showed that if Charlotte investment banker and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles ran against McCrory, the race would essentially be a dead heat, with McCrory at 44 percent and Bowles at 42 percent.

Bowles has not said if he is even considering a run for governor.

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