[Ed. – Blackburn will undoubtedly become the early front-runner. Tennessee could certainly do worse. Blackburn is pretty solid.]
U.S. Rep. [score]Marsha Blackburn[/score], R-Tenn., is entering the 2018 U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Sen. [score]Bob Corker[/score], ending a week’s worth of speculation and immediately catapulting her to front-runner status as others consider launching their own bids. …
Calling the U.S. Senate dysfunctional and “enough to drive you nuts,” the Brentwood, Tenn. Republican says that ineffectiveness is why she’s decided to enter the race.
“I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative. And you know what, I say that’s all right, bring it on,” Blackburn says in the nearly three-minute video.
Her announcement came less than an hour after Gov. Bill Haslam, who was weighing a bid for the seat, said he will not launch a campaign.