State Politics

NASHVILLE — A conservative group that led the move to reject former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White in 1996 says it is backing current Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade in the Aug. 7 election.

NASHVILLE — One-time vice presidential candidate and Tea Party icon Sarah Palin says in a Facebook posting that she's backing state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

NASHVILLE — An estimated 143,625 Tennesseans have already cast early votes in the Aug. 7 election and state officials are urging more people to vote early due to concerns the lengthy ballot will generate long lines on Election Day.

ATLANTA — Within hours of David Perdue's GOP Senate nomination, the real battle began with supporters of the new Republican nominee and Democrat Michelle Nunn launching attack ads in a general election matchup that will help settle control of the Senate.

NASHVILLE — A national conservative group said today it is putting $20,000 into get-out-the-vote efforts in hopes of boosting turnout for Republican state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary bid to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

The runoff election for Georgia’s District 1 House of Representatives, which includes the western part of Walker County and all of Dade County, had Republican incumbent John Deffenbaugh winning with 55 percent of the vote with all votes counted.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A private meeting this week involving Gov. Bill Haslam, state education Commissioner Kevin Huffman and educators from five area school systems has come under scrutiny by members of the Bradley County Board of Education.

NASHVILLE — Conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham stormed into Nashville on Tuesday as she sought to give Joe Carr a major boost in his GOP primary fight with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

NASHVILLE — Democrat Gordon Ball raised just $26,950 in contributions from donors for his U.S. Senate campaign in the second quarter, but the successful Knoxville class-action lawsuit lawyer more than made up for that by reaching into his own pocket.

For the first time this election cycle, 3rd District Congressional candidate Mary Headrick shared a stage with the Republican she will face in November — although voters will decide in about two weeks whether that will be incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann or challenger Weston Wamp.

NASHVILLE — The National Rifle Association's political arm has endorsed U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District GOP primary and is wishing him "good luck with your campaign."

If early voting numbers are any indicator, most of Tuesday's runoff races in Northwest Georgia will be decided by a scant few.

NASHVILLE — As he seeks re-election, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., hopes Republican primary voters focus on his staunchly conservative record in Congress and forget, or at least forgive him for, what he once described as the "darkest secrets" of his personal life.

On the eve of Georgia's runoff election, two Republican U.S. Senate candidates were on a mad dash to garner support — and get people to the polls.

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