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VOL. 123 | NO. 222 | Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2 Drop Bids for Tenn. Secretary of State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The number of Republican suitors to become Tennessee's secretary of state is thinning.

Former U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary, who lost the 2002 gubernatorial election to Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, expressed early interest in the job after Republicans gained enough votes to elect the state's constitutional officers in last week's election.

But Hilleary now tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he has withdrawn from consideration.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis also says he doesn't want the job, and is endorsing former state Sen. Jim Bryson's bid. Bryson lost the 2006 governor's race to Bredesen.

The constitutional officers are up for election when the Legislature convenes in January.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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