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Gov. Bill Haslam won't run for Sen. Corker's seat

Joel Ebert and Dave Boucher, The Tennessean • Oct 5, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Gov Bill Haslam will not run for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Bob Corker, leaving U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn as the likely frontrunner, if she chooses to run.

The governor, who is term-limited, made the announcement Thursday in a news release.

“While Crissy and I will always be grateful for all of the encouragement and support to run for the United States Senate, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for Senate in 2018," Haslam said in a statement.

"The primary reason is that I want to remain completely focused on my job as governor. I know that being a candidate for the Senate during my last 15 months as governor would be a distraction from the task at hand."

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