After much deliberation, a Charlotte Republican has decided to run for statewide office.
Oh, we're sorry, did you think we meant Pat McCrory?
No, we're referring to state Sen. Robert Pittenger, who has been weighing a run for lieutenant governor since November.
Since then, he's aired TV issue ads, publicly weighed running, changed his campaign committee paperwork, announced he wouldn't run for the state Senate again and picked up an endorsement from former Gov. Jim Martin.
But he's not actually officially announced yet. That'll happen at a news conference Monday in Raleigh.
Four other Democrats and one other Republican, Greg Dority, are running for the post.