NASHVILLE — It began last summer with Democrat Sara Kyle saying she was seriously considering challenging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in his bid for a second term in 2014.

Supporters in August quickly created a draft Sara Kyle political action committee. On Sept. 7 an enthusiastic crowd chanted "Run Sara Run" during the Tennessee Democratic Party's annual fundraiser.

But since mid-September, there's been nary a public peep from Kyle, the one-time chairwoman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and member of a once-politically powerful family that includes a former governor, the late Frank Clement.

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