Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett won't run for U.S. Senate

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett won't run for U.S. Senate

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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says he does not plan to run for U.S. Senate. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says he does not plan to run for U.S. Senate.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A representative for Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says he does not intend to run in the U.S. Senate primary against incumbent Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Burchett told 6 News in July he was approached by state conservatives to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander in his 2014 reelection bid. At the time, Burchett admitted a Senate run would be difficult.

State Sen. Joe Carr announced his intention to run against Alexander in August. Carr has won the support of several Tennessee tea party groups.

A poll paid for by Alexander in August showed voters preferred Alexander over both Carr and Burchett.

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