To no one’s surprise, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R) has filed a gubernatorial exploratory committee to gauge his victory chances in challenging Gov. Roy Cooper (D). It has always been expected that Mr. Forest would run for the state’s top office.
The question to be answered, however, is whether former Gov. Pat McCrory (R), the man Mr. Cooper unseated in a razor-thin 2016 election, will return for a re-match. Mr. McCrory said he will not become a candidate in the 9th Congressional District when that still undecided political situation eventually evolves into a special election, but he did say that running again for Governor, or for US Senate in 2022 if Sen. Richard Burr (R) declines to seek a fourth term, remain distinct possibilities.
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