Qualifying deadline day: Alexander has eight GOP opponents; Haslam three

With passage of qualifying deadline today, there are no real surprises in the lineup of candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House races.

Three Republicans qualified to oppose Gov. Bill Haslam in the Republican primary – Mark “Coonrippy” Brown, Basil Marceaux and Donald Ray McFolin.

Six candidates filed for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, perhaps most notably including Mark Clayton, who two years ago was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, though disavowed by state Democratic party officials. Also filing papers was John McKamey, a former Sullivan County mayor who once ran unsuccessfully against Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey for the state Senate.

Four filed to run as independents for governor, including two-time Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Jay Hooker.

Candidates listing themselves as members of the Constitution, Green and Libertarian party also filed.

In the U.S. Senate primary, incumbent Lamar Alexander has eight aspiring challengers – the best known being state Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas and George Shea Flinn of Memphis, who spent millions in two past unsuccessful races for U.S. House seats.

There are four Democrats running for the U.S. Senate nomination, including Knoxville lawyers Gordon Ball and Terry Adams. The other two are Nashvillians, Larry Crim and Gary Gene Davis.

Ten people filed as independent candidates for governor plus Tom Emerson Jr., who put his party affiliation as “Tea.”

The state Division of Elections’ full list of those filing petitions for governor, the U.S. Senate and the state’s nine U.S. House seats is available HERE.