- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Donald Trump comes into Election Day in Tennessee with strong support across the state, though supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton have been encouraged by heavy turnout in early voting in urban areas.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam refused to endorse Trump both before and after his presidential nomination. And on the eve of early voting, Haslam publicly rejected Trump’s candidacy and said he would write in the name of another Republican on his ballot.

The governor’s move led to a backlash from several county Republican parties, who filed resolutions urging support for Trump.

Clinton had all but conceded heavily Republican Tennessee for much of the campaign, but her supporters were energized late in the race by her debate performances and Trump’s sliding poll numbers around the nation.


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