I have picked up some pretty high-level, credible chatter from sources talking up a 2020 rematch for governor between Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory. Team McCrory cites the relative closeness of the 2016 race as the biggest reason their guy ought to get another crack at Cooper.
It’s no secret that Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has had his eyes on a run for governor in 2020. This kind of chatter ought to signal Team Forest that they need to get their man out front and asserting himself as the TRUE leader of the NCGOP. All of these McCrory whispers could cause donors and volunteers to sit on their hands and hinder Forest’s preparations for 2020.