Perdue leaves office after tough four years
RALEIGH -- Beverly Perdue came into office as North Carolina's 73rd governor making history as the first woman elected to the office.
She will leave office in a couple of weeks making history again, although not the kind that she had envisioned for herself when taking office four years ago.
Perdue becomes the first in the office since the state began allowing governors to succeed themselves to neither seek nor win a second term.
In that single term, she has been dogged with poor job performance poll numbers, with more of the state's electorate disapproving than approving of her handling of the job.
Of course, those numbers help explain why she shocked at least a part of the North Carolina political establishment last January when she decided not to run for a second term.
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