Gov. Bev Perdue is running for reelection.
After Dome posted a copy of an invitation to a fundraiser in Charlotte next week that said "Governor Perdue 2012," campaign spokesman Marc Farinella confirmed that the Democrat "has every intention" of seeking a second term.
"Governor Perdue has every intention of running for re-election in 2012 but a formal announcement will wait until later," Farinella said in an e-mail. "At present, she is focusing on helping the private sector create and preserve jobs, strengthening our system of education, and reforming government."
Perdue could face an uphill fight to win a second term. Recent polls peg her approval rating in the low-30s to mid-20s, her 2008 campaign is under an ongoing criminal investigation and her party just lost control of both chambers of the state legislature for the first time in more than a century.
Joe Sinsheimer, a Democratic political consultant who has been outspoken about the need for the party to head in a new direction, said news that Perdue plans to seek reelection will cause consternation.
"Politicians with approval ratings in the low-30s rarely run for reelection," Sinsheimer said. "If the governor doesn't drastically improve her performance over the next six months there will be a large contingent of the Democratic Party that will ask her to reconsider."