GOP gets supermajority in state Legislature

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Republicans have secured a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature.

The GOP in Tuesday's election claimed at least two seats necessary in both chambers to gain the supermajority. The margins are now 24-9 in the Senate and 67-24 in the House, with one independent.

The race in District 60 in Nashville was too close to call, but will all precincts reporting Republican Rep. 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 23-9 and the House 66-32, 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.

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