Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Haslam, Harwell Early Winners in Election 2010

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Over at The City Paper, Ken Whitehouse is reporting that Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Davidson County state Rep. Beth Harwell have notched up decisive victories in their respective bids for governor and reelection.

The issues now, Whitehouse says, are whom Haslam will pick as his deputy governor and whether Harwell has a shot at becoming the state's first female Speaker of the House. We'll post more results in updates throughout the night.

Elsewhere in America, according to Politico, Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida have won, but not Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, despite some Criswell-style punditry predicting her ascent. Good night, folks, and see you tomorrow in the New Old World.

Update: Haslam gives his victory speech.

"Here is what nobody understood about this race and what everybody missed. They didn’t understand the incredible volunteer base that we had out there helping us. … Did you know last week, our volunteers called 250,000 people? … More people gave to this campaign than have ever given to any campaign in the state of Tennessee."

"It’s been a long hard campaign, but it’s been good. I’ve said oftentimes it’d be much nicer if somebody just tapped you on the shoulder and said, ‘you’re it.’ But you wouldn’t be better. And I will be a better governor for the primary and the general election campaign that we’ve been through. I will promise you this, whether you voted for us or not I will work hard for all Tennesseans. That’s why I ran for governor and I promise you that."


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