HOTLINE EXTRA: Lamar! Is Retiring!

Plus: Buttigieg won't run again, fueling more speculation about 2020.

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Dec. 17, 2018, 8 p.m.

Alexander to bow out after 18 years

After three terms, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he will not run for reelection in 2020. Among the potential GOP candidates listed by The Tennessean are Rep.-elect Mark Green, retiring Gov. Bill Haslam, and Rep. Diane Black, who lost in the 2018 gubernatorial primary.

Buttigieg won't run for mayor again

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democrat, announced he will not run for a third term when his current term ends in December 2019. Buttigieg declined to comment about whether he will embark on a much-speculated presidential bid, and said he will not announce his next steps until next year, though he will speak at the Progress Iowa Holiday Party in Des Moines on Thursday.

N.C. GOP asks state to certify the 9th District race

The Charlotte Observer reports that the North Carolina Republican Party has passed a resolution asking the state to certify the election of Mark Harris in the 9th District unless an investigation proves the outcome of his race against Democrat Dan McCready was affected by absentee-ballot fraud. Harris leads by fewer than 1,000 votes.

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