North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper (R) says he will decide "very soon" whether to challenge Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrNorth Carolina — still purple but up for grabs North Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report MORE (R-N.C.)

Cooper told the Greensboro News-Record that "a lot of people are talking to me," and he would make a decision in the near future,

Cooper is Democrats' favored candidate to take on the freshman Burr, who beat Democrat Erskine Bowles in 2004 by a 52%-47% margin.

Since then, North Carolina has seen an influx of northeast transplants and a growing Latino population, making the state friendlier territory for Democrats. President Obama was the first Democrat to win the state in a presidential election since 1976.