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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.