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Tea Party wants to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press

SMYRNA, TN (Times Free Press) — Tennessee Tea Party groups and some other hard-right groups are all dressed up and raring to have a go at toppling U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the 2014 Republican primary.

But even as 200 of the senator's critics rallied over the weekend in Smyrna outside an Alexander event and denounced his voting record as insufficiently conservative, it's not just who's going to be their prom -- or primary -- date.

Several would-be favorites, including Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, already have declined the honor. World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Glenn Jacobs, a libertarian, was talked up recently but hasn't ruled a bid in or out.

Still, Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party, said Saturday that "there are a number of people who are very seriously considering it."

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