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Hawk announces Tennessee House speaker bid in contested race

Aug. 16, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Rep. David Hawk has announced that he is running for state House speaker, setting up a contested race to succeed Speaker Beth Harwell. Hawk confirmed his candidacy in a news conference Wednesday. The Greeneville lawmaker mentioned that he opposed Republican Gov....

After primary, Tennessee GOP projects unity at press event

Aug. 4, 2018 9:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican political leaders and candidates held a carefully choreographed news conference Saturday to project unity as they look toward competitive November elections after a rough primary for governor. Addressing reporters before multiple GOP unity events, term-limited...

Controversial former GOP lawmaker fails in comeback bid

Aug. 3, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee lawmaker known for being skewered on late-night comedy shows has failed in his bid to return to the state legislature. Stacey Campfield finished third in a GOP primary for House District 89 in the Knoxville area, one of 86 contested state legislative races in...

The Latest: Ball defeats Dean in GOP race in Tennessee 5th

Aug. 3, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Tennessee's primary election (all times local): 10:11 p.m. Jody Ball has defeated Glen Dean in the Republican primary in Tennessee's 5th Congressional District in Middle Tennessee. Ball is a businessman and former law enforcement instructor who lived in Texas before...

Lee, Dean to face off in Tennessee governor's race

Aug. 2, 2018 11:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Businessman Bill Lee defeated three other Republicans in a bruising primary for Tennessee governor Thursday, setting the stage for a competitive fall contest against former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who cruised to the Democratic nomination. Lee spent just $7 million through late...

Bredesen, Blackburn win primaries in race for US Senate

Aug. 2, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn have been running their campaigns for a critical U.S. Senate seat like their matchup was assured. Voters made it official Thursday. Bredesen and Blackburn disposed of minimal opposition in their...

The Latest: Lee wins Tennessee GOP primary for governor

Aug. 2, 2018 10:12 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee primary election (all times local): 10:07 p.m. Businessman Bill Lee has won a bruising Republican primary for Tennessee governor. Lee topped U.S. Rep. Diane Black, ex-state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd and state House Speaker Beth Harwell...

AP news guide: Aug. 2 primary election in Tennessee

Aug. 2, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Key nominations are at stake in Tennessee for open races for governor and U.S. Senate as voters take part in state primary elections. The ballot includes contests for the U.S. House and the Republican-led General Assembly. About 626,900 people have already voted early or absentee, a...

A look at key primary legislative races in Tennessee

Jul. 29, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A deluge of Tennessee state lawmakers are heading for the door and others face tough challengers, creating some competitive contests for the Aug. 2 primary election. In the House, 86 of 99 seats are contested, with GOP primary battles in 33 districts and Democratic primary contests...

New faces in Tennessee legislative primaries as dozens leave

Jul. 29, 2018 9:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An exodus of more than two dozen state lawmakers means new faces are running for the Republican-led Tennessee General Assembly, setting up primary fights that could have early implications on the jockeying to become the House's new leader. Eighteen Republican and seven Democratic...