10:10pm: Tennessee state election notes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker is leading for the Republican nomination for the U-S Senate. In fact Van Hilleary conceded the race to Corker after falling to third in early results. Ed Bryant is running second. Harold Ford Junior swept to victory in the Democratic primary and said he looks forward to a fall campaign based on the issues.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen easily won his party's nomination for another term tonight. Republican state Senator Jim Bryson of Franklin claimed victory in the G-O-P primary and said it's the first step on the road to new leadership in the governor's office.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Congressional primaries are being hotly contested on opposite ends of the state. In Memphis a crowded field is running for the right to succeed Democrat Harold Ford Junior. Meanwhile, in northeastern Tennessee 13 candidates are competing for the Republican nomination to succeed Bill Jenkins. The Republican probably will win the general election too.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State senator Kathryn Bowers of Memphis, the first lawmaker indicted in the public corruption sting to face a test at the ballot box, took an early lead in tonight's primary. Bowers is one of four sitting lawmakers accused of taking bribes from undercover agents with the federal investigation. She is the only one seeking re-election this year.

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