Candidates rev up campaigns ahead of today's vote

Republican candidates running for Tennessee governor began their final push for votes Wednesday, while GOP hopefuls in the 3rd Congressional District contest hurled charges in advance of today's election.

Voters in the state's 95 counties also will be selecting county mayors, county commissioners and other county offices in local general election contests.

Nearly 543,300 people cast ballots during early voting, which ended Saturday. Secretary of State Tré Hargett's office estimated a similar number of Tennesseans will vote today.

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., accompanied by his wife, Kim, daughter, Coty, and son, Weston, hit Nashville's Republican-rich suburbs to generate support for his 19-month effort to win the open race for governor.

Wamp, who hopes to become the first governor from Chattanooga since J.B. Frazier in 1903-1905, then struck out by campaign bus for Memphis.