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Marsha Blackburn announces Senate run to replace Corker

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., waves after speaking during the final day of the Republican National Convention. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Rep. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee announced today she's running for Bob Corker's senate seat, the Tennessean first reported. Corker won't seek re-election because he wants to act "thoughtfully and independently" for the rest of his term, he said last month.

Why it matters: Rep. Blackburn continues a trend of conservative, anti-establishment Republicans hoping to claim a Senate seat.

Roy Moore, the Alabama candidate backed by Breitbart and Steve Bannon, beat incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in last month's special election — even after Trump and Mitch McConnell endorsed him. Blackburn will similarly go after Democrats and establishment Republicans alike. "Too many Senate Republicans act like Democrats. Or worse. And that's what we have to change," she says in her campaign announcement video.