Tennessee GOP Win Supermajority in State Legislature

Nov 7, 2012

Tennessee State Capitol
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Tennessee Republicans have secured a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature. The GOP in Tuesday's election claimed the two seats necessary in both chambers to gain the supermajority. The margins are now 24 to 9 in the Senate and 67 to 24 in the House, with one independent.

The race in District 60 in Nashville was too close to call, but with all precincts reporting Republican Representative Jim Gotto was behind Darren Jernigan. The last time either party won a supermajority in both chambers was 1976, when Democrats took control of the Senate and House, according to legislative records. State Republicans haven't held a supermajority in either chamber since Reconstruction, but this year Republican legislative candidates had a campaign funding advantage in just about all their races.