It's Haslam vs. McWherter

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam won the Republican nomination for governor Thursday, dashing the hopes of his more conservative GOP rivals U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville.

His primary election victory sets up a Nov. 2 general election matchup between Haslam, 52, and Democratic nominee businessman Mike McWherter, 54, of Jackson.

Wamp, who had hoped to become the first governor from Hamilton County since J.B. Frazier in 1905, came in second place.

Republican candidate Basil Marceaux of Soddy-Daisy, who became an Internet sensation, spent nothing and received less than 1 percent of the vote.

Accompanied by his wife, Crissy, and the couple's three children, Haslam told cheering supporters in a crowded Hilton Hotel ballroom in downtown Nashville that Tennessee "has to have a governor that has the right experience" to create jobs, move education forward and cut government in tough economic times.

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