NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Bill Haslam has been re-elected to a second term as Tennessee governor.

The outcome of Tuesday's election was widely expected, as Haslam faced no serious opposition either in the primary or the general election. He beat Democrat Charlie Brown, who raised no money in his bid for office.

This year's re-election campaign was a far cry from Haslam's first run for governor four years ago, when he faced a spirited nomination fight with U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey. Haslam went on to defeat Democrat Mike McWherter by 32 percentage points in 2010.

The Tennessee Republican Party released the following statement from Chairman Chris Devaney regarding Governor Bill Haslam's election night victory:

"While this race was never in doubt, Governor Bill Haslam received a broad and diverse array of support from across Tennessee. He's been a visionary reformer-in-chief for our state and voters rewarded him for that kind of leadership. If the first four years under his watch are any indication, Tennessee is poised to reach heights we've never seen before in the coming years."

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