Todd Gardenhire first Republican in four decades to win Tennessee's 10th state Senate district

photo Todd Gardenhire finds out he won while recording the numbers with his wife Sylvia Gardenhire while at the Hamilton County Republican Party Headquarters before beating Democratic opponent Andrae McGary for the District 10 state Senate seat. Gardenhire will replace Sen. Andy Berke as the first GOP candidate to win the seat since 1976.

Todd Gardenhire became the first Republican in four decades to win Tennessee's 10th state Senate district, soundly dispatching Democrat and Chattanooga City Councilman Andraé McGary by eight percentage points.

Gardenhire, 64, won a four-year term that pays $19,000 annually. He'll succeed Sen. Andy Berke, a prominent Democrat, and become a freshman member of a Republican Senate that will begin January's new session with a filibuster-proof "supermajority."

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