Early voting is living up to expectations.
With open seats for Tennessee governor and U.S. Senate topping the ballot, election officials were anticipating a brisk turnout at the polls. After two days, their expectations have been met as 584 voters took advantage of early voting on opening day Wednesday, followed by 601 voters on Thursday.
The race to replace term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam has generated much interest as Republican Bill Lee squares off against Democrat Karl Dean as the two primary candidates for the job.
It’s become a contentious and tight race for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker. Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, is facing Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, for the seat. A Vanderbilt University poll conducted Oct. 8-13 ranks the race a tossup.
In another congressional race, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Republican, is looking to win election for the fifth time against a challenge from Democrat Mariah Phillips.
In the Tennessee House of Representatives, Republican Paul Sherrell is seeking his second term in the 43rd District against the challenge of Democrat Les Trotman.
In the open 47th District seat, Democrat Mike Winton is facing Republican Rush Bricken.
For the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, seven candidates are seeking election to three seats. There are also mayoral and alderman races in Morrison.
Early voting continues until Nov. 1 at the rear of Warren County Administrative Offices. Hours Monday thru Friday are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. till noon.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.