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6:18am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

DesJarlais Wins Re-Election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais (day-ZHAR'-lay) has won re-election, overcoming revelations that he had an affair with a patient and urged her to get an abortion.

DesJarlais, a Jasper physician before going to Congress, beat Democratic challenger Eric Stewart on Tuesday. With 76 percent of precincts reporting, DesJarlais had 57 percent of the vote compared with Stewart's 43 percent.

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6:16am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Governor Continues State Budget Hearings Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's state budget hearings continue in Nashville with presentations by officials for transportation, children's services and other departments.

As the hearings opened Tuesday, Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said he wasn't asking for funds to expand pre-kindergarten classes. However, Huffman said expanding enrollment in schools and inflation will require an additional $2 million in routine cost increases.

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6:48pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

Romney Wins West Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has captured West Virginia and its five electoral votes.

President Barack Obama is unpopular in the state, and West Virginia GOP officials have been hoping that would lead to victories for other Republicans on the ballot.

Romney earlier won in Kentucky, giving him 13 electoral votes overall, while Obama was the winner of Vermont's three electoral votes.

6:33pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

First Election Results in From Eastern States

WASHINGTON (AP) — The polls are starting to close in the eastern United States, and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each have an early victory.

As expected, Obama was the winner in Vermont, with three electoral votes, while Romney captured Kentucky's eight electoral votes.

Vermont voters also re-elected Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Still to come are the returns from the handful of states, including Ohio, Florida and Virginia, where Obama and Romney have concentrated their efforts in recent weeks.

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5:29pm

Tue November 6, 2012
Politics

No DesJarlais Trial Transcripts on Election Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has reached the finish line of his re-election bid before potentially damaging trial transcripts from his 2001 divorce were made public.

The congressman's attorney blocked the release until a transcript was complete, and Democratic Party officials said the court reporter couldn't finish the work in time for voters to evaluate the records before the polls would close Tuesday evening.

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