Campaign Confidential

An Independent Spoiler in Tennessee's Ninth?

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Observers in Tennesee are already wondering if the independent candidacy of Jake Ford in the ninth congressional district will take votes away from Democrat Steve Cohen and give Republican Mark White a boost in November’s general election.

Ford is the brother of the current seatholder – Harold Ford Jr., a Democrat running for Bill Frist’s Senate seat – but it is unclear whether the Ford Dynasty (Ford Jr. himself inherited ninth seat from Dad, Harold Ford Sr.) is backing him.

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