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  Tinker files to take on [U.S. Rep. Steve] Cohen again, setting up racially charged primary
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Last EditedServo  Jun 07, 2007 10:17am
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News DateThursday, June 7, 2007 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDemocrat Nikki Tinker, who finished second to freshman Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) in last year’s primary, has filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, setting up a rematch with racial overtones.

Cohen is one of few white members ever to represent a majority-black district — a distinction he gained after winning a jam-packed 15-candidate primary to succeed then-Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) as the Democratic nominee in the Memphis district.

Tinker, a black former campaign manager for Ford, has been very visible in the district since her loss last August. But until she filed her papers Friday, she had been mum about a repeat bid, and she didn’t raise any money in the first quarter of this cycle.
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