The Knox County Election Commission says Wednesday was a historic day in early voter turnout.
The Knox County Election Commission announced Wednesday night that 9265 votes were cast on the first day of early voting Wednesday in Knox County.
The first day total also eclipsed the last three presidential elections first day early voting totals in the county.
This midterm election cycle has generated significant interest and spending both across the state and country. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is in a tough race against Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen to replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.
Polls show businessman Bill Lee with a lead over Democratic former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in the race to succeed GOP Gov. Bill Haslam, who is hitting his term limits.
First day of early voting in Knox County: 9265 votes cast. It is the best first day of early voting in at least 10 years, including 3 presidential elections (2008, 2012, 2016) and is believed to be a first-day Early Voting record for any election in Knox County history.— Knoxvotes (@knoxvotes) October 18, 2018