More than 100 Tennessee Dems run to challenge state's GOP supermajority

More than 100 Tennessee Dems run to challenge state's GOP supermajority
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Tennessee Democrats are running candidates in 112 out of the state’s 117 legislative districts in an attempt to retake seats in a state legislature dominated by Republicans.

Ninety-seven Democratic candidates are running for state House seats and 15 for Senate seats, according to a statement from the Tennessee Democratic party.

This marks the lowest number of races that will go uncontested in any recent election in Tennessee.

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“We’re proud, motivated, and excited to have the largest class of Tennessee Democrats stepping up to run for office in recent memory,” Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini said in a statement.

Tennessee House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Mike Stewart touted the backgrounds of the Democrats running in 2018 and said they will act as a foil to Republicans at multiple levels.

“These are people who are prominent people in their communities already, and they have chosen to step up across the state,” Stewart said during a press conference on Friday.

The party said it plans to focus on separating candidates from Republicans on policy issues that Tennessee residents care about, regardless of party affiliation.

Democrats face a challenge in retaking seats in the state legislature. Democrats have not won a statewide election in Tennessee since former Gov. Phil Bredesen won reelection in 2006.

Bredesen is running this year to replace GOP Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips Corker GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser Corker blasts Trump's 'ready, fire, aim' trade policy MORE, who is retiring.