State Politics

Tennessee's first five days of early voting was down by nearly a third compared to the somewhat similar 2010 election, state figures show.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's campaign had until Monday to answer questions the Federal Election Commission raised over the congressman's July quarterly report, and a spokesman said late Monday all issues were addressed.

NASHVILLE -- Democrat Gordon Ball says a new poll he commissioned shows Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander ahead but with just 45 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Ball.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In a ramshackle campaign headquarters just off the town square here, Democrat Lenda Sherrell last week was firing up the troops in her bid to unseat the most controversial congressman in modern Tennessee history.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, smiled and whispered to each other as they sat behind a wooden lectern preparing to speak about their grandson to a room of approximately 300 at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday.

With just more than a week before the two candidates seeking to represent Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District meet for a head-to-head debate, the candidates say they expect to stick to issues — and keep it clean.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Thursday added a new rule to his "Little Plaid Book" of 311 rules about running for office.

With fewer than 20 days before the general election, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been outraised and outspent by Lenda Sherrell, the Democrat challenging him for his 4th Congressional District seat.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said Wednesday a nonpartisan congressional study demonstrates Tennessee Republican legislators were more interested in voter "suppression" than ballot security when enacting a law requiring state residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting ballots.

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said today a nonpartisan congressional study demonstrates Tennessee Republican legislators were more interested in voter "suppression" than ballot security when enacting a law requiring state residents to present government-issued photo ID before casting ballots.

NASHVILLE — A federal judge has denied a request by the Libertarian Party candidate for governor that his party affiliation appear next to his name on the ballot. Instead, Daniel Lewis will be listed as an independent.

NASHVILLE -- Secretary of State Tre Hargett disputes a nonpartisan congressional study that found once Tennessee and Kansas enacted strict voter identification laws, the states saw deeper drops in election turnout, especially among black and young voters, than four other states that didn't toughen their requirements.

Polls open across Tennessee today for early voting in the Nov. 4 election, and local election officials and party chiefs are urging residents to get out and cast their ballots.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said Tuesday that "I Voted" stickers featuring his name is a matter of accountability and not intended to be political.

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