Statehouse Super Majority Likely For Tennessee GOP

Nov 6, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans are poised to get their first super majority — or more — in both chambers of the Legislature on election night.

Currently in the Senate, Republicans have a 20-13 advantage. The margin is 64-34 in the House, with one independent. To get a super majority, Republicans need to claim two seats in each chamber.

The last time there was a super majority in both chambers was during the 90th Tennessee General Assembly when Democrats controlled the Senate 23-9 and the House 66-32, according to legislative records.

State Republicans have never held a super majority.

But GOP leaders, including Gov. Bill Haslam, believe that will change after Tuesday's election, particularly considering Republican legislative candidates have a financial advantage in just about all their races.