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Mackler announces Dem bid for Tennessee's open Senate seat

Jan. 8, 2019 1:50 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler said Tuesday that he's running for U.S. Senate in 2020, marking the first candidate to announce a bid for the seat Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will leave after his term. In an announcement video,...

Nashville ex-mayor's affair is Tennessee's top story of 2018

Dec. 21, 2018 3:05 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This top story in Tennessee this year was former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's affair with her bodyguard, a stunning admission that captured national attention and resulted in her pleading guilty to a related felony theft count and resigning, according to an annual Associated Press...

A look at the AP's top Tennessee stories of 2018

Dec. 21, 2018 11:14 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Here is a look at the top 10 Tennessee stories of 2018, according to an Associated Press survey of reporters, editors and broadcasters. 1. NASHVILLE MAYOR RESIGNS Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry revealed in January that she had a prolonged extramarital affair with her former...

GOP Sen. Alexander of Tennessee not seeking 2020 re-election

Dec. 17, 2018 6:03 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced Monday that he won't seek re-election in 2020, giving the red state its second open Senate contest in two years. Alexander said in a news release that he was deeply grateful for being elected to more combined years as...

The Latest: Haslam giving Senate bid 'serious consideration'

Dec. 17, 2018 5:50 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Tennessee (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will give a U.S. Senate bid "serious consideration" after GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander announced he wouldn't run again in 2020. Haslam also told the Chattanooga Times...

Tennessee US Senate race saw record-setting $93m spent

Dec. 7, 2018 12:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state record-setting $93 million-plus was spent in the open U.S. Senate contest in Tennessee that Marsha Blackburn won last month. According to federal campaign finance reports due Thursday, Blackburn's campaign spent about $16 million throughout the election cycle, while Democrat...

Midterms reveal South split along urban, rural differences

Nov. 26, 2018 12:37 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Solid South is no more. A century of rule by "Southern Democrats" followed by a generation of Republican domination is evolving into something more complex. This month's midterms revealed a South that is essentially splitting in two. In states like Georgia and Texas, population growth...