Alexander, Haslam promptly declared winners as polls close

The AP bulletins:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) β€” Republican Lamar Alexander has won a third term representing Tennessee in the U.S. 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 usual feel-good campaign image to harshly criticize his Democratic opponent in TV ads and in public appearances.

Alexander spent more than $8.6 million what was one the most difficult campaigns of his 40 years in Tennessee politics.

Ball tried to capitalize on anti-incumbent sentiment. He attempted to portray Alexander as out of touch with Tennessee voters.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) β€” 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 re-election campaign was a far cry from Haslam’s first run for governor four years ago, when he faced a spirited nomination fight with U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey. Haslam went on to defeat Democrat Mike McWherter by 32 percentage points in 2010.