RALEIGH, N.C., Jan 26 - Facing tough re-election odds, North Carolina's Democratic Governor Bev Perdue said on Thursday she would not seek a second term.
"We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem more worried about scoring political points than working together to address the real challenges our state faces," Perdue said in a statement.
"And it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools. A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions," she said.
(Reporting by Wade Rawlings; Editing by Daniel Trotta)