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CNN: Lynda Blanchard to switch to governor’s race

The campaign of the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate declined to comment.

Republican Senate candidate Lynda Blanchard, a former ambassador to Slovenia.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lynda Blanchard is expected to announce she’ll instead run for governor of Alabama, CNN reports.  

CNN cited three unnamed people who said Blanchard will likely make that announcement next week. The Blanchard campaign declined comment. 

Blanchard was appointed U.S. ambassador to Slovenia by former President Donald Trump, and in June 2018 founded a charity called the 100X Development Foundation, which works to help the poor and children, according to its website, and is married to John Blanchard, a Montgomery real estate magnate who co-founded B & M Management, along with his wife. 

Blanchard made an initial $5 million deposit in her Senate campaign committee, and raised just $1,958 in the third quarter.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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