Bredesen Expected To Announce For US Senate Race

Bredesen Expected To Announce For US Senate Race

Bredesen Expected To Announce For US Senate Race

Bredesen, who served as Tennessee governor from 2003 through 2010, hasn't made an announcement yet. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has previously expressed interest in the entering the race but may be reticent to do so with Bredesen's candidacy.

Popular former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) will run for Senate, according to two local newspapers, giving Democrats a heavy-hitting candidate for long-shot seat.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is facing off against former Rep. Steven Fincher (R-TN) in the GOP primary. Next year's U.S. Senate election will be about comparing the Tennessee of today, to the Tennessee of yesterday, and the records and results are clear. In a video announcing his candidacy, Bredesen again sounded centrist themes, touting his experience as governor and his ability to work across party lines.

A prominent supporter confirmed he had spoken to Bredesen, the most recent Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, about the decision Wednesday.

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Bredesen is 74, and was the mayor of Metro Nashville from 1991 to 1999.

Phil Bredesen announced Thursday that he will be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

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In October, political analyst Charlie Cook of The Cook Political report said Tennessee's Senate race would become a toss-up if Bredesen runs and that the seat would likely remain Republican if he did not.

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