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Lt. Governor Ramsey predicts another term for Lamar Alexander

Published On: Sep 26 2013 06:16:29 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 26 2013 04:44:09 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he sees little chance of state Rep. Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Sen. 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.