published Friday, November 9th, 2012

Devaney wants to stay as Tennessee GOP head

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney says he is running for re-election.

In a letter to state GOP Executive Committee members, the Lookout Mountain resident cites Republican strides in Tuesday's election in which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried Tennessee by some 20 points, although losing nationally.

Devaney also pointed to the easy re-election of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and the state's seven congressman as well as "supermajorities" won in the state House and Senate.

"These wins were due to the fact that Republicans have a superior message, great volunteers and donors, good candidates, and a Republican Party that works well with our elected leadership," Devaney says in the letter. "Our Party is strong because we have consistently had good leadership at the State Party and have built on the successes over the years."

The GOP's executive committee meets in December.

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