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Bredesen joins race to succeed Sen. Corker in Tennessee

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is joining the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

Bredesen is the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, a state that famously turned its back on favorite son Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election in favor of Republican George W. Bush.

Bredesen announced his candidacy in a campaign video posted on his website on Thursday morning. He had spent the previous day calling potential donors to let them know of his plans.

Bredesen grew up in a single-parent, working class home in Shortsville, New York, went to Harvard on an academic scholarship and earned a degree in physics.

He became a wealthy health care entrepreneur before winning two terms each as Nashville mayor and Tennessee governor.

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