Another prospective Democrat challenger for Richard Burr’s US Senate seat has declined to run in 2010.   Dennis Wicker, former Lieutenant Governor and former member of the NC House of Representatives has declined to run.  Wicker cited the difficulty in raising $15M to wage both a primary and general election campaign.  Last week, Congressman Bob Etheridge of the 2nd NC Congressional District and former NC State Senator Hal Cunningham both declined to run.  That makes Elaine Marshall, current NC Secretary of State, the only declared Democrat candidate.

The good news for Burr is that his approval ratings have increased almost 10% over the past month according to a poll done by Public Policy Polling.  The November 12 poll shows his approval/disapproval rating moving from 36/35 in October to 40/31 in November.  Those upward trends are across all voters.  His biggest jump, a whopping 47% increase, came from among Democrat voters.  He’s up 28% among Independents and up 7% among Republican voters.  The polling also shows Burr beating all potential Democrat rivals including Marshall (45/34).

Despite the positive polling, let’s not get complacent and assume that this seat will remain RED.   The Dems want this seat badly and they will fight for it.