McWherter comes out swinging at Haslam

NASHVILLE - Democrat Mike McWherter said Friday he believes his "centrist" views should appeal to some of the 53 percent of Republican voters who cast ballots against Bill Haslam in the GOP's gubernatorial primary contest on Thursday.

"I think there was clearly a lot of push back to Bill Haslam," McWherter, a Jackson businessman, told Nashville-based political reporters Friday. "When you spend $9 million to $10 million and you get less than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, I think there's a lot of dissatisfaction."

According to the Tennessee Secretary of State's office, Haslam, who is Knoxville's mayor, won the GOP primary with 341,229 votes or 47.3 percent, compared to Republican U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp's 210,332 or 29.18 percent. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, had 158,960, or 22 percent.