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Early voting nears 350,000 ballots in Tennessee election

Oct. 20, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans are voting in record numbers with close to 350,000 ballots cast in the first three days of early voting. According to vote totals on the Secretary of State's website 346,130 early and absentee ballots had been cast in the midterm elections by the end of the day Friday....

The Latest: Early voting nears 350,000 ballots in Tennessee

Oct. 20, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on early voting in Tennessee's midterm election (all times local): 3 p.m. Tennesseans are voting in record numbers with close to 350,000 ballots cast in the first three days of early voting. According to vote totals on the Secretary of State's website 346,130 early and...

Tennessee early voting begins; Senate, gov's races in focus

Oct. 17, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Early voting opened Wednesday for Tennessee's contentious Nov. 6 midterm elections, a moment candidates in high-profile contests for governor and U.S. Senate looked to seize as they rallied voters to turn out. Tennessee's Republican nominees for governor and Senate rallied in front...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Oct. 17, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 11 Johnson City Press on civil democracy: Bitter rancor dominating national politics grew into all-out verbal war, as Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the nation's highest court cemented the divisions in Washington and more...

Lee won't use 'biblical' victim witness standard if governor

Oct. 16, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A pastor who's an adviser to Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee says the Bible requires victims of sexual misconduct and other offenses to have at least two or three witnesses. Steve Berger, pastor of Franklin-based Grace Chapel, made the remarks during a Sept. 30 sermon...

Tennessee governor candidates remain cordial in final debate

Oct. 12, 2018 10:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No fireworks. No barbs. No swipes. That was the tone of Tennessee's third and final gubernatorial debate on Thursday. But in a race that has struggled to find air up against Tennessee's competitive and tense U.S. Senate race, Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean were content...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Oct. 10, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 7 The Johnson City Press says the governor's race should not play second fiddle to the Senate race: With all the attention focused on Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, voters easily could let interest wane in the state's other essential contest. President Donald...

Tennessee governor candidates square off in second debate

Oct. 9, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean said Tuesday he would happily sign Medicaid expansion into law in Tennessee, while his opponent Republican Bill Lee countered he would oppose such efforts. The two top candidates detailed their positions during the second gubernatorial...

Second governor's debate to take place in east Tennessee

Oct. 9, 2018 5:10 AM EDT

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee are scheduled to face off in their second debate for Tennessee's open gubernatorial race. The two will debate Tuesday evening at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center in Kingsport. Sponsors include the Times News, the Johnson City Press, Eastman...

Tennessee's Dean strongly supports universal pre-K in debate

Oct. 2, 2018 10:12 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Democrat Karl Dean said he supports making pre-kindergarten education universally available in the state during the first debate of the Tennessee governor's race in Memphis on Tuesday. His opponent, Republican Bill Lee, said the quality of pre-K must be improved before it can be...