Erskine Bowles says he will not run for governor

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Erskine Bowles

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former White House Chief of Staff and two-time U.S. Senate candidate Erskine Bowles is passing on a bid for North Carolina governor.

Bowles released a statement Thursday that he doesn’t think anyone can question his love for North Carolina but there are many ways to make a difference in the state.

The Charlotte Democrat’s decision leaves two fellow Democrats running for governor at the moment since Gov. Beverly Perdue announced last week she would not seek re-election. They are Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison.

Bowles was seen as a strong candidate who could raise money and had a long resume in the Democratic Party and in public service.

This story is by Associated Press writer GARY D. ROBERTSON.

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