Bill Haslam To Face Mike McWherter After Winning Tennessee GOP Primary For Governor

August 6th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
bill1Washington, Aug 6, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The massive campaigning by Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam which spanned across 19 months finally yielded results when the politician managed to register victory in Tennessee’s Republican gubernatorial nomination. The news that Bill Haslam has won the Tennessee GOP primary for governor on Thursday has been confirmed by the online portal of the Tennessee Department of State.

In order to emerge victorious, the 51-year-old Republican politician had to beat Congressman Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey with Bill Haslam garnering 49 per cent of the votes. Zach Wamo followed him in the second spot with 29 per cent votes while Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey had 21 per cent of the votes. Following Thursday’s win, Bill Haslam would be the Republican nominee who would compete for the post of governor of Tennessee and would be facing the Democratic nominee Mike McWherter in the race that is scheduled to take place in the month of November. Mike McWherter who remained unopposed in the Democratic primary is the son of former governor Ned McWherter.

Tim Murtaugh, who is the spokesperson of the Republican Governors Association revealed in a statement that Bill Haslam is going to emerge as a strong voice supporting fiscal restraints, job creation as well as individual freedom. Meanwhile, November’s race would be held to find the successor of Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen who would not be racing this time due to term limits which allows only two terms. The race seized extensive attention last month after allegations have been flying high between the two of the Republican challengers.

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