Richard Moore says he won’t run for governor in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Former North Carolina State Treasurer Richard Moore, one of the high profile Democrats considering a run for governor, has chosen not to enter the 2012 race.

Moore told The Associated Press Friday that he’s decided against a run to succeed Gov. Beverly Perdue. The 51-year-old says he’s grateful to the people who encouraged him to run and is looking forward to supporting the Democratic nominee.

Moore has won statewide office twice and could have provided some of his own financing to a campaign. But he lost decisively in the 2008 primary to Perdue and has kept a low profile ever since.

Currently, four candidates have filed to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Four Republicans and one Libertarian candidate have also made their plans to run official.

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