Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory finally plans to kick off his gubernatorial campaign Jan. 31 in Greensboro, according to a campaign aide.
The Republican has made no secret of his plans for a rematch against Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
He already has nearly matched her in fundraising. Campaign aides have said he raised $2.5 million compared to her $2.6 million. Polls have shown him with a consistent lead.
The N.C. Democratic Party this month launched a new web site attacking McCrory, including videos from a campaign tracker.
According to the aide, McCrory is expected to hold a late afternoon kickoff at Greensboro's Oriental Shrine Club.