Republican Andy Ogles quits U.S. Senate race: 'I do not see a path'

Andy Ogles

NASHVILLE - Conservative activist Andy Ogles announced Wednesday he is ending his campaign for the 2018 Republican U.S. Senate nomination.

"I entered this race to insure [sic] that Tennessee would have conservative representation that would reflect [its] values and commitment to 'draining the swamp' that Tennesseans expect and deserve," Ogles said in a statement. "With Senator [Bob] Corker making the decision to exit the Senate at the conclusion of his term rather than being terminated by the voters, the political landscape changed dramatically."

Corker, R-Tenn., announced in September he would not seek a third term to the Senate seat the former Chattanooga mayor first won in 2006.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., immediately jumped into the race and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, a West Tennessee Republican, soon followed, putting the campaign of Ogles - former director of the Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers - in limbo.