Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (R), from a jurisdiction that includes the city of Knoxville, earlier this week took himself out of the open 2018 Governor’s race, citing the difficulty in raising funds for a statewide race. Yesterday, however, he curiously claims to now be considering either running for Senate or the US House. This could potentially mean a Republican primary challenge to either Sen. Bob Corker or veteran US Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-Knoxville). Both Corker and Duncan are expected to run for re-election, though Burchett may also be laying down an early marker in case either decides to surprisingly retire.
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