One week after telling reporters he was exploring the option, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Thursday he will not run for the Tennessee U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker.
Haslam noted that he had spoke with Corker about the run and said he was convinced that Corker would run for re-election.
Several Republicans including current U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander had urged Haslam to run for the office. Other party members voicing an interest in running include U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, former Rep. Stephen Fincher and state Sen. Mark Green.