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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.


“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 Corker, who is retiring.

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