The Nashville Post is reporting, from a variety of sources, that state Senator John Wilder (D-Somerville) will not seek re-election, as he previously indicated, but plans to announce his retirement.
Wilder was defeated for re-election as state Lieutenant Governor by a narrow vote of the Senate in January 2007 and, since then, has had a hospitalization for a fall, followed by a reported case of pneumonia.
Speaking to a crowd of several thousand (mainly white) attendees at
historically black Tennessee State University in Nashville, candidate Clinton, freshly defeated in South Carolina, carried on. Next stop: Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis.
Governor sees GOP lagging in electoral prowess nationwide; cites tight 2012 race in North Carolina as warning to overconfident Tennessee Republicans; Fincher proclaims a GOP version of the social gospel.