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Diane Black Joins Race To Succeed Gordon In Congress

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(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin is joining the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.

Black, who is chairwoman of the Senate Republican Caucus, announced her candidacy in a release Thursday evening. She joins a growing GOP field that includes fellow state Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville and former Rutherford County Republican Party Chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik. 

Gordon announced earlier this week that he won't seek a 14th term representing the 6th Congressional District seat that includes 15 counties ranging east from Nashville's fast-growing suburbs to the Cumberland Plateau. 

Black drew unwanted national attention in June when one of her staffers sent a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama to colleagues from her state computer. 

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