LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor's races are on the ballot in 36 states this year, and support or opposition to the Trump administration has emerged as a pivotal issue in many of the most closely contested races. The races have become like proxy battles over the president. Many of them feature Trump-backed Republicans against a left-of-center Democrat. Republicans currently dominate those offices by holding 33 governor's seats, something Democrats are trying to reverse.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Senate candidate Phil Bredesen hopes to win in Tennessee by distancing himself from his own Democratic Party. Polls show Bredesen leading Republican Marsha Blackburn _ a congresswoman _ in a state Donald Trump won big. Bredesen's strength is giving Democrats more optimism about retaking the Senate. Bredesen is banking on voters looking back favorably on his two terms as governor and his time as Nashville's mayor, but says Democrats wouldn't be able to reliably count on his vote in the Senate

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Firefighters in Tennessee say two people have died in a house fire in Memphis. The Memphis Fire Department says the fire was reported Friday night at a two-frame residence. A fire department statement says the bodies of two adults were found in a hallway. The statement says the fire was accidental. Food had been left unattended on the kitchen stove.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Tennessee say a man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his father. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Tanner Lancaster was charged with first-degree murder in Friday night's shooting of his father, Parry Lancaster. Maj. Bill Sharp says in the statement that Tanner Lancaster had lived in the home with his parents northwest of Murfreesboro. Sharp says officers responded to a domestic assault call at the home.

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