Tennessee may hold key to House control

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A battle next year for control of Congress will be fought in a few key races, and some in Tennessee will be among the most important, political analysts say.

An announcement by Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., that he will retire after 25 years in the House gives Republicans a rare chance to take over a House seat long held by Democrats, the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel reported Sunday.


Gordon's 6th Congressional District has seen growing Republican strength in recent years and the GOP sees it as ripe for the picking, the newspaper said.

Two other Tennessee House seats held by Democrats are in the Republicans' sights as well, with one incumbent retiring and the other facing a tough re-election fight.

"That's a very high percentage of the state's congressional seats (up for grabs) and certainly one of the highest in the country," Andy Sere, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said. "Tennessee could very well end up being the poster child for our effort to take back the House."

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