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(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Democrat Kim McMillan said she's dropping out of the Tennessee governor's race to run for Clarksville mayor.
McMillan's announcement Wednesday leaves Jackson businessman Mike McWherter as the lone serious Democratic candidate to succeed term-limited Gov. Phil Bredesen.
Her decision followed an announcement by Clarksville Mayor Johnny Piper that he will not seek re-election.
McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, this week made a $1 million contribution to his campaign. McMillan, meanwhile, has struggled to keep pace in campaign cash.
The Republican candidates include Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey of Blountville and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga.
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