Things are beginning to move quickly in the race to replace retiring Volunteer State Sen. Bob Corker (R). While many Republicans and a few Democrats are making some preliminary moves regarding the new open political contest, three prominent figures have now removed themselves from consideration. In a blow to the Democrats, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, US Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville), and current Nashville Mayor Megan Barry all say they will not enter the open Senate race. Conversely, for Republicans, Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is now publicly saying that he is considering becoming a Senate candidate.
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