Trump endorses Tennessee gubernatorial candidate after primary

Trump endorses Tennessee gubernatorial candidate after primary
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE on Friday endorsed Nashville businessman Bill Lee (R) in the Tennessee governor’s race after Lee won the Republican nomination Thursday night.

“He ran a great campaign and now will finish off the job in November,” Trump tweeted of Lee. “Bill has my total and enthusiastic Endorsement!”



Lee, an outsider and first-time candidate, defeated former state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd (R) and Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackBottom line Overnight Health Care: Anti-abortion Democrats take heat from party | More states sue Purdue over opioid epidemic | 1 in 4 in poll say high costs led them to skip medical care Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee MORE (R) in the primary. He will face Democrat and former Nashville mayor Karl Dean in November. 


Vice President Pence had endorsed Black in the primary, but Trump had remained out of the governor’s race. Politico reported that he considered weighing in and possibly endorsing Black, but decided against it.



Trump has previously praised Black, who was chairwoman of the House Budget Committee, for helping pass the GOP tax law.

Politico reported that Black had attempted to tie herself to Trump in campaign ads despite not receiving a formal endorsement.