How about the best two out of three?
Ever since losing to Perdue in 2008 by a 50-47 percent, McCrory has been anxious for a rematch in 2012.
A new poll taken for the Civitas Institute finds if there were a Perdue-McCrory rematch today, McCrory would win by a 46-37 margin.
Like every other poll, the Civitas survey shows Perdue struggling with a low favorability rating after 18 months of a deep recession, budget cuts and a tax hike.
The poll found that 37 percent of North Carolinians viewed her favorably, 41 percent unfavorably, with 20 percent not having an opinion.
"Voters continue to have a bit of buyer's remorse when it comes to the governor's mansion,” said Chris Hayes, senior legislative analyst with the Civitas Institute. “Perdue has struggled to maintain her popularity since her first months in office and that trend continues.”
McCrory blamed much of his loss in 2008 on the huge grassroots efforts by the presidential campaign of Democrat Barack Obama.
Last week, McCrory learned that Obama may be bringing one of the two biggest biggest political shows in the country to his hometown of Charlotte in 2012 – the national Democratic convention -- so things may not be that much easier.
The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria Va. between June 15-18 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.