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Perdue tries to make inroads in Charlotte

Posted October 2, 2008

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— Democratic Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue has been spending more time behind enemy lines recently, campaigning in Charlotte to to gain support in her gubernatorial race against Pat McCrory, the Queen City's seven-term Republican mayor.

Polls show McCrory holds a commanding lead in the Charlotte metro area – some have him more than 20 percentage points ahead – and some political observers have said that Perdue doesn't stand a chance of defeating McCrory in November if she can't chip away at his stranglehold in Charlotte in the next few weeks.

According to a WRAL News poll released Thursday, McCrory holds a 50 to 46 percent lead statewide. The poll of 700 likely voters statewide has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

"I think he's vulnerable in his own back yard," Perdue said. "This city doesn't belong to any mayor. It belongs to the people of North Carolina."

McCrory, who has been scheduling more campaign appearances in eastern North Carolina, a traditional Democratic stronghold, mocked the attention Perdue is giving to voters in his hometown.

"We welcome Lt. Gov. Perdue to Charlotte. We've seen her and Gov. (Mike) Easley about every four years right before election time," he said.

During campaign appearances, Perdue promised to change the perception that state government overlooks Charlotte. She also took aim at the mayor, claiming he chose to take police off city streets when he vetoed a city budget.

"When the City Council said yes to more cops, he said no," she told people at a Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday.

McCrory said his veto was about a 9 percent property tax increase, not about the police force.

"Using her logic, I must be against roads, police, fire, garbage pick-up, clean water and anything and everything in that bill," he said. "Most people know that's just ridiculous."

Perdue said she believes spending a few days each week campaigning in Charlotte will make a big difference by Election Day.

"We have a very good opportunity of taking Mecklenburg County," she said.

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  • alx Oct 3, 2008

    Little John, i live in western craven county now & at the present time McCrory has a 3 point lead according to the New Bern Sun Journal. So i guess you are clueless.

  • CrewMax Oct 2, 2008

    The politician versus the executive. Take your pick. I've made mine. We are fortunate to have a man like Mr. McCrory extend
    himself for the people of North Carolina. Hopefully, he will be able to clean out the stables.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 2, 2008

    Let's see this state has squandered multiple tax surpluses; continues going deeper and deeper into debt. The backlog of road and bridge issues keeps getting deeper despite the constant raising of gasoline taxes. Tax burdens get heavier and heavier. Millions and millions of giveaways to try to get business in here. Robbing the trust fund every year. Now all you hear is more ways to tax us ie toll roads. Pay to build it, then pay twice to use it. once at that gas pump and again at the toll station. Inundated with illegals that are killing people on a regular basis. All this from easley and the crowd down at the legislature. Perdue will give us more of the same.

  • I-40 Warrior Oct 2, 2008

    Okay. It seems to me that Bev's chances of taking CLT or about on par with McCain taking Illinois or Obama taking Alaska. I know - different venue, but same probability. She'd better hope the analysts are wrong on this one (though I'm admittedly hoping they're right).

  • Right_Is_Right Oct 2, 2008

    I'm really proud of Mayor McCrory. I had the great pleasure of meeting him at the Take Back Our State rally several months ago. He's a really down to earth guy. Kinda reminds me of a good friend who works hard and sticks up for the folks he cares about. No doubt he cares for the people of North Carolina -- he'll make a great Governor. Good luck, Pat!

  • Little John Oct 2, 2008

    Hey Alx,
    You are totaly CLUELESS !!!
    Do you really think McCrory can win eastern NC ??
    Not a chance....

  • atc2 Oct 2, 2008

    This guy is a typical crooked politician from Charlotte. A Bush supporter! You uneducated people who are going to vote for him and who think he will improve our states economy are clueless. This state has been doing very well for many years (this state is in trouble with this guy IF he wins)

  • Cricket at the lake Oct 2, 2008

    And they kicked Richard Moore to the curb for her.

  • atc2 Oct 2, 2008

    Mcrory is pathetic! Voting for this guy means trouble for the whole state. Charlotte crime is in the top five in the country, police and fire are awful in Charlotte and most important, this guy cannot even run a city let alone a state

  • thinkbee Oct 2, 2008

    She's hallucinating - take Mecklenburg - hah! She is SO transparent.

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