Iraq War veteran James Mackler (D), who quickly raised over $1 million for the 2018 Senate race before ending his effort in favor of former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D), announced yesterday that he will enter the 2020 open seat contest to replace retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander (R). He is the first person from either party to declare his candidacy.
Republicans will be favored to hold the seat especially since new Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) just defeating Mr. Bredesen, the Democrats’ best possible candidate, by a full eleven-percentage point margin.
No Republican has yet step forward to become a candidate, probably because former Gov. Bill Haslam (R) made a statement last week confirming that he is at least considering running. The move likely froze the potential GOP field, which is likely to remain in limbo until the popular two-term chief executive makes his political intentions public.
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