"Too early" to make decision on running for Senate, says Burchett's office

Representative Tim Burchett's office released a statement saying it's "too early" to make a decision on a 2020 U.S. Senate run. /Source: (WVLT)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WVLT) -- After former Gov. Bill Haslam's announcement that he will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020, other contenders are considering throwing their hat in the ring.

After months of speculation, Haslam confirmed Thursday morning in a statement that he wouldn't run, saying it was the "hardest vocational decision" of his life.

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Rep. Tim Burchett's office said with Thursday's news, the freshman congressman still has to think about a Senate run.

“It’s too early to make a decision," said Micahel Grider, a representative of Tim Burchett's office. "He’s disappointed Gov. Haslam isn’t running.”

Rep. Burchett was elected to represent Tennessee's second congressional district in 2018.

WVLT News is investigating other possible candidates for the seat.

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