Under the Dome

Rocking chairs, part two

Two old men sit in rocking chairs on a porch.

"I hear Beverly Perdue is 73," one says. "I hear she's 100," responds the other.

No, it's not an attack ad. It's two politicos trying to figure out what number the new governor-elect is.

If you count all chief executive officers of North Carolina since colonial days, she's the 100th. If you count only governors since statehood in 1776, you get 73.

Even at that, you face another existential question. What do you do about the six governors, such as Jim Hunt, who served non-consecutive terms?

The official answer is that they count twice. President Grover Cleveland, who also served non-consecutive terms, is considered the 22nd and 24th president.

Regardless, as one woman pointed out triumphantly to Dome last night, we do know that Perdue is No. 1 — the first female governor.

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