Draft Coop posts the scoop from the N&O today with the announcement that BlueNC's least favorite son, Heath Shuler, will not be running against Burr in the 2010 Senate race. After all the work he had put in previously (Bill Clinton hosting a fundraiser on his behalf in Raleigh, announcing Barack Obama at the National Day of Prayer, etc.) it appeared that the conservative DINO from the mountains was trying to build a large, centerist(right) base for which to target Burr next year. However, it is all for naught.
This news is only part of the equation for BlueNC elation. Roy Cooper, the most popular Democrat in the state (who has recently made headlines of his own in his crusade against internet predators) has still not formally announced one way of the other. DailyKos tracking polls from a few weeks ago suggested that Cooper was already polling ahead of Burr and everyone from the grassroots to the big legal interests across the state have a generally good-to-great view of Cooper as a public servant. Plus, he has won two statewide races for Attorney General by excellent margins.
So, the gauntlet has been thrown down, Coop. We need you to bust one more predator - Richard Burr - who has been feasting on the fears and trepidations of North Carolinians for too long. We await your announcement.