Four out of five of the candidates for governor in 2008 are wealthy.
Only former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr, a Republican, is not wealthy.
Democratic consultant Gary Pearce said that money is a shortcut:
"You can buy immediately what someone like Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford and Jim Martin had to build over years and years of work to put themselves in a place to run and raise money," Pearce said. "It's not just North Carolina. It's happening everywhere. It's harder for a person who doesn't have a lot of wealth to get into the game." (N&O)