No Senate run for Cooper

May 15, 2009 10:40:49 AM PDT
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will not try to unseat Republican Richard Burr in 2010.There had been speculation that Cooper was considering a run for the Democratic nomination.

In a statement put out Friday, Cooper said he wants to stay in office in Raleigh rather than contest the Senate post.

"While I am honored by the encouragement I've received, I don't want to go to Washington and serve as a U.S. Senator at this time. I am committed to public service and I want to serve here in North Carolina rather than in Washington," said Cooper, who was re-elected to a third four-year term in November.

Cooper was re-elected to a third four-year term in November, and after three successful statewide campaigns, Cooper was considered to have a strong chance to unseat Burr - a single-term incumbent - next year.

Burr was previously a congressman from the Winston-Salem area.


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