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Blackburn, Bill Lee roll to victory
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Bill Lee

Republican rule will continue in this decisively red state as Bill Lee cruised to a one-sided victory Tuesday night to become Tennessee’s next governor and Marsha Blackburn earned an unexpectedly easy win for U.S. Senate.

Lee will follow two-term Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and take his place at the head of a state government with Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

Lee won big in Warren County, gaining 67.4 percent of the vote. Democrat Karl Dean received 31.7 percent.

Said Lee, “Running for governor is tough work and it means a lot to put yourself out there to the voters. We need more involvement in the public discourse, not less, and I thank Karl for his commitment to our state.”

Blackburn, a Republican, had no trouble getting past Democrat Phil Bredesen, a former governor, for a seat the U.S. Senate.

Blackburn’s campaign touted her as an extension of Donald Trump and the president himself made campaign stops in Tennessee to proclaim a vote for Blackburn is a vote for Trump.

Blackburn finished with 61.4 percent of the Warren County vote, while Bredesen captured 36.7 percent.

Republican dominance continued in the Tennessee House where both districts that represent Warren County went to the GOP.

In the 43rd District, Paul Sherrell returned for his second term in part thanks to 3,930 votes in Warren County, or 61.1 percent. For the entire 43rd District, Sherrell collected 13,000 votes, or 71.6 percent.

Democrat Les Trotman earned 2,484 votes in Warren County or 38.6 percent. For the district, Trotman had 28.4 percent, or 5,157 votes.

In the 47th District, Republican Rush Bricken was elected to his first term with 2,515 votes in Warren County and 10,702 overall. Mike Winton received 1,443 local votes and 5,608 for the district.