Republican Senator announces he’s giving up his seat in 2020

Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee has just announced that he’s giving up his seat in 2020 because he’s not running for reelection:

 



“I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate in 2020. The people of Tennessee have been very generous, electing me to serve more combined years as Governor and Senator than anyone else from our state. I am deeply grateful, but now it is time for someone else to have that privilege. I have gotten up every day thinking that I could help make our state and country a little better, and gone to bed most nights thinking that I have. I will continue to serve with that same spirit during the remaining two years of my term.”

This is one state where I think it will be difficult for Democrats to take the seat. A lot can certainly happen in the next two years, but given how Marsha Blackburn beat the pants off of Phil Dresden by over 10+ points in this last election, Republicans should hold the seat if they run a solid candidate.

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