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7:36am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Tennessee Moves Further into the Republican Camp

MURFREESBORO, Tenn – (WMOT)  --  With its increasingly conservative leanings in evidence, Tennessee voted even more strongly Republican yesterday than it did in 2008.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, 59 percent of Tennesseans voted for Gov. Romney, two percent more than voted for John McCain four years ago.

President Obama received just 39 percent of the popular vote yesterday, down three percent from 2008

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6:19am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

GOP Gets Supermajority in Tenn. Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans have earned their first supermajority in the state legislature

The GOP claimed at least two seats necessary in Tuesday's election to take a 22-11 margin in the upper chamber.

WSMV-TV is reporting today that the GOP now also has a supermajority in the House, having picked up two additional seats.

According to legislative records, the last time a party won a supermajority in both chambers was in 1976, when Democrats controlled the Senate 23-9 and the House 66-32.

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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.

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