Senate speaker anticipating GOP super majority

Senate speaker anticipating GOP super majority

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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey wouldn't mind one bit having a super majority in his chamber, but the Blountville Republican acknowledges governing the group may be challenging.

With a financial advantage in their legislative campaigns, and a near dead heat in the presidential race, Tennessee Republicans in both chambers are poised to get a super majority, or more on November 6.

Currently in the Senate, Republicans have a 20-13 advantage. The margin is 64-34 in the House, with one independent. To get a super majority, Republicans need to claim two seats in each chamber.

Ramsey said it's possible to win as many as six seats in the Senate, while House Speaker Beth Harwell has said the GOP may gain at least three seats in the lower chamber.

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