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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...

Pilot gives $1m to McConnell-linked PAC aiding Blackburn

Oct. 19, 2018 6:18 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gas station chain founded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's family has donated $1 million to a political committee supporting Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid. Campaign finance reports show Pilot Corporation made the Aug. 28 donation to the Senate Leadership...

Haslam: Tennessee ready to use electric chair for execution

Oct. 18, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the state is prepared to execute death row inmate Edmund Zagorski using the electric chair. Haslam told reporters Thursday he is not reconsidering granting Zagorski clemency despite issuing a 10-day reprieve last week that delayed the inmate's...

Tennessee women slow to back GOP's Blackburn in Senate race

Oct. 18, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign. A Vanderbilt University poll conducted Oct. 8-13 showed Blackburn trailing former...

US rep: Taylor Swift endorsement 'least expected' life event

Oct. 18, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper says receiving Taylor Swift's endorsement was like "manna from heaven," calling it "the least expected thing that's ever happened" to him and "one of the great honors" in his life. Swift unexpectedly waded into politics in an Oct. 7 Instagram post....

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...

Spending tops $51m in Tennessee US Senate contest

Oct. 16, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's contentious, open U.S. Senate contest has run up a tab that tops $51 million so far, more than half of it spent by outside groups that are clogging TV airwaves with attack ads. Federal campaign finance disclosures filed this week show that Democratic former Gov. Phil...

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...