Will Big Donors Come Back?

The departure of state Democratic Party Chair Chip Forrester after the election may prompt some big-money Democratic donors to become more active within the party. Forrester's re-election in 2011 was opposed by big donors like Doug Horne, a former state chair, but Forrester rallied executive-committee members to give him another term. Some of the big donors have kept a low profile since the battle over Forrester's tenure.

Two candidates have expressed interest in the seat, to be chosen in January: David Garrison, the party's treasurer, and Wade Munday, who has been communications director.

Forrester has been taking the blame for the party's failure to field a credible U.S. Senate candidate to oppose Bob Corker. The primary was won by Mark Clayton.