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McCormick Will Have No Democratic Foe

Hamilton County Democrats will have no one on the Nov. 6 ballot opposing state House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick in the 26th Legislative District race, reports Andy Sher.
McCormick, R-Chattanooga, still has an opponent, though — independent W. Rodger Cooksey, of Hixson.
Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith said Wednesday that after nominee Larry Miller withdrew from the race on Aug. 24 to take a job in Texas, Democrats had only 10 days to replace him. They couldn’t do it.
“We talked to several people, but with such short notice and [name] recognition, we felt there was not enough time,” Smith said.
The party would have had to hold a caucus and time constraints made that impractical, Smith said.
“We didn’t just want to put a name up there,” he said.
Last month, Miller said he was going to the University of Texas at Austin where he will be the director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development.

Corker Has $7.4 Million Cash on Hand; Primary Opponent $9,375

Sen. Bob Corker raised just over $1 million from October through December of last year, bringing his year-long fundraising total to more than $6.7 million, according to reports reviewed by The Tennessean.
He spent $671,366 last year, leaving him with almost $7.4 million on Dec. 31. Corker raised about 200 times as much as his best-funded challenger, Republican Zachary Scott Poskevich, who brought in $33,069. That included $23,069 from individual donors and $10,000 from a loan Poskevich made to his campaign.
Poskevich, a Hendersonville technology consultant and Army veteran, spent $23,692 last year and had $9,375 on Dec. 31.
In the last three months of 2011, nearly three-quarters of Corker’s campaign contributions — $755,277 — came from individual donors, including some big names in Tennessee.
Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, each donated $2,700. The couple has donated $10,000 to Corker during this election cycle.
Haslam’s father, Jim Haslam, founder of the travel-center chain Pilot Corp., and Haslam’s brother, Jimmy Haslam, Pilot’s chief executive, each have contributed $5,000 to Corker’s campaign. Jimmy Haslam was Corker’s college roommate and his statewide campaign chairman in 2006.
…Some of Corker’s donors live out of state, particularly New York and the Washington, D.C. area. Many reported that they work for financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.
Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, received more than $45,000 from the political action committees of banks and financial services companies during the last three months of 2011. Since his last election, he has received more than $1.1 million from individuals and PACs affiliated with the banking, securities, finance and credit card industries, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.