- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on campaign spending for Tennessee Statehouse races (all times local):

1 p.m.

The Senate Republican Caucus has spent more than $669,000 on advertising that targets the Democratic challenger of state Sen. Steve Dickerson.

Democrat Erin Coleman is running against Dickerson in the closely divided district ringing around downtown areas of the city. The Senate GOP has also given Dickerson nearly $120,000 in direct and in-kind contributions over the course of race.

Coleman, an Army veteran, has received about $162,000 in contributions for race. But on Wednesday she got some free media attention by being endorsed by President Barack Obama.

Early voting for next week’s election ends Thursday.

Noon.

More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week’s general election.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican with no Democratic opponent this year, has quietly led the way with more than $655,000 in receipts so far.

Norris is among several potential gubernatorial candidates to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018. Others include Republican Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville and House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville. Each has raised about $515,000.

Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson has brought in $625,000 for his race against Democrat Erin Coleman in his closely divided Nashville District.

Early voting for next week’s election ends Thursday.

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