tennessee gop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the nomination of Mark Clayton, saying the little-known candidate belongs to a hate group.

During Thursday's primary elections Clayton won the right to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker for one of Tennessee’s Senate seats this fall.

The party says Clayton received the most votes only because his name appeared first on the ballot.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Tennessee’s Republicans are resisting calls to reign in conservatives on the party’s right flank.

Stories this week in Tennessee’s two largest newspapers, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis and the Tennessean here in the Mid-State, call into question comments made recently by county-level GOP officials concerning gays and Muslims.

At the national level, Republican Party leadership spoke out forcefully this week against similar comments made by Congresswoman Michelle Bachman.