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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Republican incumbent Scott DesJarlais defeated Democrat newcomer Lenda Sherrell in Tuesday’s election, keeping the seat in GOP hands despite facing a series of personal scandals. In early returns, DesJarlais had won 59 percent of the vote Tuesday night. DesJarlais won the right to defend his 4th District seat after a victory …

Here are voting numbers for Rutherford County from the Election Commission: [iframe src=”http://cf.datawrapper.de/WIjfr/3/” width=”50%” height=”280″].

Across town, voters line up to cast their ballot at the county courthouse, locals schools and churches. However, Bud’s Tire Pro, the smallest voting precinct in Rutherford County, is experiencing a typical day of business. With no sign of voters in the store, owner Bud Mitchell is out cutting down a tree while his wife Kay Mitchell …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander re-elected to 3rd term in US Senate. Alexander was beating Democrat Gordon Ball in early returns Tuesday night. Alexander emerged from a closer-than-expected primary campaign against state Rep. Joe Carr, and then he left little to chance against Ball in the general election campaign. Alexander shed his …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Haslam has been re-elected to a second term as Tennessee governor. The outcome of Tuesday’s election was widely expected, as Haslam faced no serious opposition either in the primary or the general election. He beat Democrat Charlie Brown, who raised no money in his bid for office. This year’s …

BRIGHTON, Tenn. (AP) — A West Tennessee mayor has been indicted for allegedly using city resources for work on his son’s home. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation alleges that 53-year-old Mayor Jeffrey Scott used city personnel and equipment to help with construction work on his son’s house last month. A Tipton County grand jury returned …