Scott Mooneyham says Richard Moore has a month.
In a column, The Insider reporter writes that the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has very little time to catch up to rival Beverly Perdue before the May 6 primary.
History doesn't always repeat itself, and it may not in the 2008 Democratic gubernatorial primary. Nonetheless, recent history suggests that if the state treasurer's candidacy doesn't catch fire soon, it won't catch at all.
He points to Gov. Mike Easley's lead in the March polls over then Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, which held steady by the May primary, and former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot's similar lead.
Mooneyham also writes that Perdue has run a "fairly flawless front-runner campaign," held her own in debates and weathered Moore's attacks.
That's not to say the race is over, though. Perdue "might yet stumble," he writes.