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Tennessee Democrats may be stuck with Mark Clayton

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NASVHILLE, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Tennessee Democrats may be stuck with anti-gay rights activist Mark Clayton as their U.S. Senate nominee in November whether they like it or not.

In a letter to Democrat Larry Crim, one of the seven little-known candidates who ran in last week's Senate Democratic primary, state Election Coordinator Mark Goins said Tuesday, "There is not enough time to hold another statewide [primary] election before the November general election."

Crim is demanding another Democratic primary be held after the state party's chairman, Chip Forrester, disavowed Clayton, 35, the day following Thursday's primary. Clayton now is the party's nominee in November and faces U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a former Chattanooga mayor.

In disavowing Clayton, Forrester cited the Southern Poverty Law Center's assertion that Clayton is associated with a "hate group."

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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