UPDATED: Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory plans to formally kick off his gubernatorial campaign Jan. 31 in Greensboro, reports our Charlotte Observer colleague Jim Morrill.
The Republican has made no secret of his plans for a rematch against Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue. He already has nearly matched her in fundraising. Campaign aides have said he raised $2.5 million compared to her $2.6 million. Polls have shown him with a consistent lead.
The N.C. Democratic Party this month launched a new web site attacking McCrory, including videos from a campaign tracker. McCrory is scheduling a late afternoon kickoff at Greensboro's Oriental Shrine Club, an aide said.
However, the final details are not set, said spokesman Brian Nick. "The press jumped the gun a bit here," he said. "The planning is still underway in terms of the timing and information about an announcement but we'll get those details out when available."