U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball says he is pouring up to $400,000 of his own money into a statewide television advertising campaign to bolster his bid for the Democratic nomination.
Ball, a Knoxville attorney, told reporters in Nashville on Friday that he will emphasize his moderate political leanings, which he said stand in contrast with what he called the more liberal position of his chief rival Terry Adams.
Ball, who estimated his net worth as between $10 million and $20 million, said he plans to self-fund much of his Senate campaign.
Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander is running for a third term this year. His chief campaign adviser, Tom Ingram, is shrugging off any Tennessee implications of the surprise GOP primary defeat this week of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia.