Mark Clayton will be Tennessee Democrats' Senate nominee in November, elections official says

Mark Clayton will be Tennessee Democrats' Senate nominee in November, elections official says

August 7th, 2012 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Democrats are stuck with self-described "tea party-style conservative" Mark Clayton as their U.S. Senate nominee in November whether they like it or not, state Election Coordinator Mark Goins says.

In a letter to Democrat Larry Crim, one of the six other candidates who lost in last week's Senate Democratic nominee, Goins said, "there is not enough time to hold another statewide election before the November general election."

Noting that election results of the Aug. 2 primary won't be officially certified until later this month, Goins said absentee ballots for voters in the military "must be mailed out by Sept. 22."

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.