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Peacock running for Charlotte mayor again; can he win this time?

Judging from the announcement Tuesday of Republican Edwin Peacock’s latest campaign for mayor of Charlotte, he’ll be running as much against the Democrat who beat him in 2013 as the 2015 Democratic field.

His first official fund-raising email features a cartoon of former Mayor Patrick Cannon, standing next to the mayor’s desk with bags of cash piled in front. His announcement video calls the 2013 race an “embarrassing” contest between an “honest, hard-working” candidate – himself – and a “crooked politician” – Cannon – who wound up in federal prison on corruption charges.

Will Cannon-bashing be enough to get him past the other declared GOP candidate, Scott Stone, who lost to Anthony Foxx in 2011? Or Mecklenburg commissioner Matthew Ridenhour, should he run?

Perhaps more critically, can any issue or combination of issues bring him victory in a city where Republicans are outnumbered more than 2-1 by Democrats? Any of the four Democratic contenders – Mayor Dan Clodfelter, council members Michael Barnes or David Howard, or former commissioners’ chair Jennifer Roberts – would likely enter the general election as the favorite.

Peacock’s forging ahead anyway.

“I can’t sit back and watch from the sidelines as the same mistakes are made over and over,” he says in the fund-raising email.

Is he repeating his own mistake by running again? The smart money says yes. We’ll know for sure soon enough.

--Eric Frazier

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