A Republican running for governor was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication following a GOP rally in Knoxville, sheriff's officials said.

Mark Albertini spent the night in the Knox County jail but was released early Friday. According to the arrest report, he had been standing at an intersection about 2 miles from the GOP event and"appeared to be unsteady on his feet."

The arrest report says a search of Albertini's car turned up a bottle of wine and a pistol.

A message left with the Albertini campaign was not immediately returned Friday.

Knox County Republican Party Chairman Brian Hornback said he saw Albertini at the event Thursday. The rally was billed as an opportunity to hear from Republican U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates. No alcohol was served, Hornback said.

Albertini, a real estate developer from Chattanooga, faces an uphill primary battle against state Sen. Jim Bryson. In his most recent campaign finance report, Albertini said he had raised $500 _ less than 1 percent of Bryson's $520,000. His campaign Web site says his top issues include opposition to abortion and illegal immigration.

Seven Republicans are running in the Aug. 3 primary. The winner will likely face Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in the general election.

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