NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said he sees little chance of state Representative Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.
Ramsey in a conversation with reporters on Wednesday cited his own experience as a 2010 gubernatorial candidate in which he was unable to overcome a vast fundraising disadvantage in the Republican primary won by Bill Haslam.
Asked about Carr's prospects for defeating Alexander, Ramsey responded: "I don't see it happening."
Carr last month abandoned his bid to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to instead challenge Alexander for the U.S. Senate.
Alexander's campaign had $3.1 million on hand through the first half of the year, while Carr had about $275,000 from his House race.
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Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.