Incumbent Rep. Cohen challenged again in Tennessee

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Associated Press

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — When the young rappers took the stage at a campaign event four years ago and started rhyming, "Keep goin' and goin', with Steve Cohen," the bespectacled congressman shed his sports coat, started dancing slightly off-rhythm and pointed at himself with a smile.

The white, Jewish Memphis native has not shied away from a little public awkwardness as he turned himself into a political force in Tennessee's majority black 9th congressional district.

In the Democratic primary Thursday, Cohen faces attorney Ricky Wilkins, yet another challenger hoping to knock off the popular, four-term incumbent by highlighting the difference between Cohen's race and ethnicity and that of his constituents.

A loss to Wilkins would shake up the political landscape of Tennessee, which has no black members of Congress.

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