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Kookogey Abandons GOP Challenge Of Senator Alexander

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Kevin Kookogey (Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press) Kevin Kookogey (Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tea party activist Kevin Kookogey said he is abandoning plans to run against incumbent U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.

Kookogey, a former Williamson County Republican Party chairman, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that his months-long preparations to challenge Alexander were sidetracked by state Representative Joe Carr's decision to get into the race two weeks ago.

Kookogey's original plan was to announce his candidacy on Wednesday. But he said he doesn't want to inadvertently help Alexander win the GOP nomination by having several candidates dilute the tea party vote.

Carr had been a candidate to unseat Republican U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais before switching races to instead take on Alexander last month.

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