A day after Sen. Bob Corker (R) announced that he would not seek a third term, potential Republican candidates are beginning to make early moves about seeking the party nomination. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) appears days away from getting into the race. And, with more than $3 million in her campaign account, she has the ability to hit the ground running. Former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Crockett County) is also saying that he will make a decision quickly, and seems to be leaning toward becoming a candidate. He left Congress with over $2 million in his campaign account.
Former state Rep. Joe Carr (R), who previously challenged Sen. Lamar Alexander in the 2014 Republican primary, a race where the former drew 41% of the vote against the veteran incumbent, is also inching toward the race and says he will soon make an announcement. Now speculation begins to swirl around term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam who now may be contemplating hopping into the Senate race. Within a day, this open seat race is perhaps becoming the most interesting statewide campaign in the country.
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