Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has been thinking this summer about running for governor in 2010.
"I think that I would be one of the handful of front-runners on the Republican side," Ramsey, a Blountville Republican state senator who represents Sullivan and Johnson counties, said of that thought. "Obviously the most important thing right now is to be re-elected in November 2008. But I am making a name across the state, so it's not something I've ruled out for sure."
The race to succeed Democrat Phil Bredesen, who cannot run for a third term under the state's constitution, might be crowded. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp are among those mentioned in news stories as possible Republican gubernatorial hopefuls. Possible Democratic contenders include U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis and former state House Majority Leader Kim McMillan, who now serves as Bredesen's senior adviser.