Republican state Sen. Gardenhire spends nearly $200,000 in contest with Democrat Wilkinson

photo Khristy Wilkinson

NASHVILLE - State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and fellow Republican senators went all out for his District 10 race in October, with the freshman lawmaker alone spending $190,865 on his contest with Democrat Khristy Wilkinson, his latest financial disclosure shows.

With early voting underway until Thursday and the general election this coming Tuesday, the retired financial adviser reported spending $131,971 of that money on local television ads, moving the actual buys themselves through a prominent Republican strategic marketing communications firm, OnMessage, which also produced Gardenhire's 30-second spot.

The senator spent another $43,361 on printing and evidently for political mail.

The information comes from campaign disclosures filed late Monday by Gardenhire with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.