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Carr to challenge Devaney for Tennessee GOP chair

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who mounted a tea party-styled primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, says he is running for chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Carr, who came up 9 percentage points short of Alexander in August, said Tuesday that he is running to "bridge a growing divide" within the Republican Party.

Carr will face current Chairman Chris Devaney, who is seeking a fourth term. The chairman is elected by the party's 66-member executive committee.

Devaney has said it should be a "disqualifying" factor that Carr refused to endorse Alexander following the primary.

Carr said in his announcement that party chairman should be limited to two terms and that the executive committee should have more governing authority over the direction of the party.

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