NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Polls have opened in Tennessee, where Republican voters will decide whether to re-nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate.
They will also decide Thursday if they want to stick with embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, despite a series of personal scandals that have dogged him since he was first elected in 2010.
Another decision will be whether to retain or replace any of three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for another eight-year term.
Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Haslam faces no serious opposition in his bid to win the Republican nomination to a second term.
Election officials say early voting ran ahead of the previous record set in 2010, when close to half of the primary ballots were cast beforehand.