Democratic Lieut. Gov. Beverly Perdue, who is seeking to become the governor in November, opened the two-month regular session of the North Carolina General Assembly last week.
In the state’s primary May 6, Perdue bested two opponents, receiving 56.1% of the votes. In November, she faces Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, who won the Republican nomination in the primary against three other challengers and avoided a runoff with 46.3% of the votes, a majority of those cast.