Filing closed in Tennessee on Friday, and it appears that we already have a new Congressman. State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) will succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) in the safely Republican 7th Congressional District. With Blackburn vacating to run for the Senate, a Republican primary was expected to form in order for voters to choose her successor. When the dust cleared on Friday, however, only Sen. Green filed on the Republican side meaning that he will advance to, and win, an easy general election against a minor Democrat in a seat that won’t become a national target.
Sen. Green was nominated as President Trump’s Army Secretary but withdrew because he made some past disparaging comments and it quickly became obvious that he could not forge a confirmation coalition in the US Senate. Now it appears a US House seat will be his consolation prize.
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