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More than $16M flows to Tennessee legislative candidates

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The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. AP photo The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. AP photo

By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - More than $16 million in political contributions has flowed to candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

That total includes $1.5 million given to candidates in the final reporting period before next week's general election.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican with no Democratic opponent this year, has quietly led the way with more than $655,000 in receipts so far.

Norris is among several potential gubernatorial candidates to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam in 2018. Others include Republican Sen. Mark Green of Clarksville and House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville. Each has raised about $515,000.

Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson has brought in $625,000 for his race against Democrat Erin Coleman in his closely divided Nashville District.

Early voting for next week's election ends Wednesday.

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