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Roy Cooper for U.S. Senate?

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper would be a strong candidate to face Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, according to a poll conducted by Research 2000. Cooper, a Democrat who was recently reelected to his third term, is best known on campus for dismissing the charges against the three indicted members of the 2005-2006 men's lacrosse team. He declared the players innocent at an April 2007 press conference. Cooper touted his dismissal of the lacrosse charges in a television advertisement during his most recent campaign.

The Research 2000 poll, which was published on the liberal blog Daily Kos, predicts that Burr could be in for a close race. He leads against Cooper 45% to 43%. The poll also predicts a tight contest if former state treasurer Richard Moore is nominated by the Democrats.


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