Early voting nears 350,000 ballots in Tennessee election

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennesseans are voting in record numbers with close to 350,000 ballots cast in the first three days of early voting.

According to vote totals on the Secretary of State’s website 345,844 early and absentee ballots had been cast in the midterm elections by the end of the day Friday.

The election includes a high-profile race between U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen to replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

In the governor’s race, polls show businessman Bill Lee with a lead over Democratic former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in the race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Bill Haslam.

Voters can cast their ballots early through Nov. 1. Only those already registered to vote can participate.

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