GOP senators host fundraiser for ousted Democrat

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Seven top Republicans in the state Senate are hosting a fundraiser for the write-in campaign of a Democratic senator whose narrow primary victory was stripped by party officials.

Sen. Rosalind Kurita was replaced on the ballot by Clarksville attorney Tim Barnes after the Democratic Party's executive committee found her 19-vote win invalid.

Barnes' attorneys had argued that Kurtita's win was heavily aided by Republican crossover voters and by supporters being directed to vote in the wrong primary.

Kurita drew the ire of many Democrats when she cast a key vote in favor of Republican Sen. Ron Ramsey's win over Democratic Sen. John Wilder in the 2007 speaker's election.

The suggested donation for Kurita's Oct. 1 fundraiser in Nashville is $500.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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