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.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Scott County students receive shoes and socks from Rotary Club Shoe Fund
- Union's James Mitchell commits to Virginia Tech
- Sullivan County dispatcher honored for successful baby delivery over the phone
- "Wreaths Across America" underway at the Mountain Home National Cemetery
- Students helping fellow students at Science Hill High School