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Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn Jumps Into Tennessee Senate Race

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Conservative Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., announced Thursday she is running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

In a video announcing her campaign, Blackburn describes herself as a "hard core, card carrying Tennessee conservative" and expresses support for President Donald Trump's immigration ban and the border wall.

Blackburn also criticizes the Senate as "totally dysfunctional" and calls it a "disgrace" that Republicans in the chamber were unable to repeal Obamacare.

"I'm running for U.S. Senate because I will fight every single day to make our Republican majority act like one," Blackburn says. "Too much is at stake. America needs a conservative revolution, and leaders who are willing to fight in it."

The announcement from Blackburn comes the same day Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced he would not be running for the seat.

In a statement, Haslam said he was grateful for all the encouragement and support to run for Senate but decided he wants to remain focused on his 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," Haslam said.

"While I have loved being a mayor and a governor, I don't feel the same call to run for Senate at this point," he added. "I feel like I can be most helpful in my next service as a private citizen."

A report from Politico noted Haslam's immense personal fortune and statewide popularity would have made him a fearsome candidate in a Republican primary.

Haslam's decision may make it more likely former Congressman Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., will run for the seat, some Tennessee Republicans told Politico.

by RTT Staff Writer

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