GOP panel weighs party registration plan

NASHVILLE - The executive committee of the state Republican Party is expected to consider a proposal Saturday to require party registration to vote in Tennessee primaries.

Committee member Mark Winslow, a former executive director of the state party, said the proposal already has the support of 12 of the committee's 66 members.

"I don't think that it's fair to people that believe in the Republican Party and Republican principles to have Democrats come into the system and determine who our nominees are going to be," Winslow said.

While Winslow was an adviser to the congressional campaigns of two Republican candidates who lost narrow primary elections, he said his position predates the failed bids of Lou Ann Zelenik in the 6th District and Robin Smith in the 3rd District.

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