Gore endorses Bob Tuke in Tennessee Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Vice President Al Gore is endorsing Democrat Bob Tuke's bid to recapture his old seat in the U.S. Senate.

Gore in a statement Monday cited Tuke's combat service in Vietnam and said the former state Democratic Party chairman would work to end the war in Iraq.

Tuke is challenging Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander for the seat held by Gore until he became Bill Clinton's vice president in 1993. Alexander was elected to the seat in 2002.

Gore won every county in Tennessee in his last Senate bid in 1990 -- a feat not repeated until Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's re-election in 2006.

Tuke faces a steep fundraising disadvantage to Alexander, a former two-term governor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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