Herenton Endorses Ford; Cohen Gets Nod from Bredesen, Chism 

They didn’t exactly jump through burning hoops or shout “Hallelelujah!” to do so, but three prominent politicians who had been regarded in some quarters as possible holdouts made their election-day preferences known on Friday in the cases of senatorial candidate Harold Ford Jr., and dcongressional candidate Steve Cohen.

Ford got a boost from a longtime rival of the larger Ford political clan, Memphis mayor Willie Herenton, who was one of the attendees at a Ford-sponsored prayer breakfast held at The Peabody. The mayor afterward said that in the interests of Democratic Party unity he would support Rep. Ford’s bid for the U.S. Senate, ending speculation that he would sit out the Senate race or even support the congressman’s Republican opponent, Bob Corker.

Meanwhile, Cohen, the Democratic state senator from Midtown and Democratic nominee for the 9th Congressional District, got a stamp of approval from Governor Phil Bredesen, who confirmed his support for Cohen, and from former interim state senator and current Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism. (For the complete story, go to "Political Beat".)

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