Tennessee

Former lawmaker announces bid for Tennessee US Senate seat

A former congressman from Tennessee is joining the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the Senate.
    
Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, a gospel singing farmer from the rural western Tennessee community of Frog Jump, announced his bid in an interview with The Tennessean .
    
The 44-year-old Fincher enters the 2018 Republican primary after finishing a 10-day statewide tour to discuss the race.
    
He'll face Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a suburban Nashville Republican who jumped into the race with a polished campaign video within an hour of Gov. Bill Haslam's announcement that he would not run.
    
Fincher was elected to Congress in the tea party-fueled election of 2010. His announcement that he wouldn't seek fourth term in 2016 came as a surprise to many political observers.
    
Corker announced Sept. 26 he wouldn't run for Senate again.
    
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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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