Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; August 8, 2014:
Radical Republicans’ losses throughout Tennessee have opened doors for Democrats in November.
The Tennessee GOP has long held truth and reality in contempt, and Ron Ramsey’s reckless ploy to undermine the independence of our judiciary with hundreds of thousands of dollars in misleading attack ads was just the latest and most offensive example of this contempt. Tennesseans saw through the distortions and outright lies being pushed by the Lieutenant Governor, and a bipartisan majority voted to retain our eminently qualified Supreme Court justices.
Despite a slate of cherry-picked candidates, nearly half of the non-incumbents in the Republican Red to the Roots program managed to lose their general election race, and of the latest non-incumbent additions to the class, three out of four lost. Voters sent a clear message that the radical Tea Party Republican agenda has no place in Tennessee.
Democratic candidates up and down the ballot will continue to take the fight to Tea Party Republicans and continue to make plain that Tennessee values are Democratic values. Democrats’ continued successes will lay the foundation for this November and beyond.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron made the following statement on the results of the August 7th elections:
“Yesterday’s election results show that Tennessee is a state that supports common sense values and rejects right-wing extremism.”