Conservative activist Andy Ogles is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.
Ogles had announced his candidacy before Corker’s surprise decision not to seek another term representing Tennessee in the Senate. Ogles on Wednesday cited changes in the political landscape since he first joined the race, along with the dramatic campaign funding advantage held by two other Republicans who have since decided to run: U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former Rep. Stephen Fincher.
Ogles is the former state director of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch’s network. Nashville car dealer Lee Beaman had formed a super PAC to support Ogles’ candidacy in September, pledging to raise $4 million for the cause.
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