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The apron-clad governor personally served fish to many of those in line, stepping away for a while in order to participate in public remarks.
Cobb, Republican nominee Pat Marsh and Chris Brown, endorsed by the Constitution Party but listed on the ballot as an independent, are seeking the seat, which was made vacant when Ty Cobb's brother, Curt Cobb, resigned in late June. Early voting continues through Thursday, and the election will be Oct. 13.
The Webb School has scheduled a candidate forum tonight in Bell Buckle; Marsh has agreed to participate but Cobb has declined, citing a schedule conflict. Keith Talley of Tennessee Democratic Party said that Cobb is scheduled to be recognized by Tennessee Right to Life at that time. Tennessee Right to Life has already endorsed Cobb in the race.
Brown had not responded to Webb School's invitation by the noon Monday deadline, according to a Webb School press release.
The forum will take place at 6:30 in the school's administration building.
Bredesen called Cobb "the right kind of person to send down to those jobs in Nashville," and said that a special election, alone on the ballot, requires a concerted effort from the party faithful.
"It's all about getting out the vote," said Bredesen.
Bredesen said that he has gotten to know Cobb during the election process and that he and Cobb share a love of the outdoors.
"I think we would make a great team for this area up in Nashville," said Bredesen. "He's a conservative Democrat, like I consider myself."
Cobb stressed jobs, small business and education in his remarks but also said that Democrats should be concerned with which party is in power during the redistricting process which will follow the 2010 Census.
"That's a very important issue in this race," said Cobb.
Currently, Republicans hold a razor-thin 50-49 majority in the state House. The Speaker of the House, Kent Williams, was elected with Democratic support over the Republican caucus' chosen candidate. Williams still identifies himself as a "Carter County Republican" but has been rejected by his party's leadership for siding with the Democrats.
The balance of power in the House, and the fact that the special election is being held at a time when no other races are underway, has resulted in the race receiving attention it might not have otherwise gotten.
The 62nd District includes all of Bedford, parts of Lincoln and Rutherford counties.