Ramsey says GOP could gain 4 state Senate seats

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey can envision the best-case scenario for Republicans in the upper chamber on the eve of Tuesday's general election.

Ramsey, of Blountville, told the Bristol Herald Courier this week that the GOP has what he calls an "honest to goodness shot of picking up four seats" in the Senate.

Democrats and Republicans each hold 16 seats, along with one independent. If Republicans were to pick up four seats, they would have a 20-13 advantage.

But to do so, Republicans would have to sweep each of the seriously contested Senate races in the state.

Mark Brown, political director for the Senate Democratic Caucus, said he was skeptical of Ramsey's optimism. In his words: "We'll find out Tuesday."

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


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