Report: Democrat Phil Bredesen Says He Is Running for the U.S. Senate

The Nashville Post is reporting that former Gov. Phil Bredesen is running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee:

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen is entering the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

According to multiple sources, Bredesen began calling major donors this afternoon to confirm that he is in the race. He has been mum about a campaign since U.S. Sen. Bob Corker announced he would step down next year, only acknowledging that he was contemplating a run. A formal announcement of his intent to run has not yet been made.

“Three sources confirmed the Democrat’s candidacy, as first reported by the Nashville Post, on Wednesday,” The Tennessean confirmed late Wednesday.

The 74-year old Bredesen will face 44-year old James Mackler in the August 2018 Democratic primary if he gets in the race as expected.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) is considered the front runner for the Republican nomination. She faces former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN-08) and Dr. Rolando Toyos in the Republican primary.


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