GOP pulls off total takeover of Tennessee Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee House Majority Leader Gary Odom of Nashville says Democrats in the statehouse will have to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and move ahead.

Republicans took control of both chambers of the General Assembly in Tuesday's elections.

The GOP tipped the balance of power by winning three contentious races in the state Senate and gaining four seats in the House.

Democratic House spokesman Addison Pate said Republican presidential candidate John McCain's strong victory in Tennessee created a "trickle down to the lower races." McCain won 57 percent of the vote in the state.

Odom told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's talking with other House Democrats to determine their next step.

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

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