State Rep. Joe Carr to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in GOP primary in 2014

State Rep. Joe Carr to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in GOP primary in 2014

August 20th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State Rep. Joe Carr says he will challenge incumbent Lamar Alexander for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate next year.

The decision to challenge Alexander means Carr will abandon his bid to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District.

DesJarlais is considered vulnerable because of his past infidelities and once having encouraged his wife and a lover to seek abortions. Meanwhile, Alexander is headed into his bid for a third term in the Senate with $3.1 million on hand through the first half of the year.

Carr's made the announcement to WTN-FM host Ralph Bristol this morning.

The announcement pre-empts a series of statewide "vetting" sessions that tea party groups have scheduled to evaluate potential challengers to Alexander, whom they consider too moderate.