House races in Tennessee not expected to create much drama

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Compared to the heated presidential contest, the races for Tennessee’s nine seats in the U.S. House won’t likely produce much drama on election night.

Tennessee’s eight incumbent House members – six Republicans and two Democrats – are expected to win re-election without much stress on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in the solidly-Republican 8th District in West Tennessee, Republican Stephen Fincher vacated his seat with the surprise announcement he would not seek a fourth term.

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Republican David Kustoff, a former U.S. attorney, is taking on little-known Democrat Rickey Hobson there. Kustoff won the GOP primary over 12 opponents.

More than 1.6 million voters cast early ballots in Tennessee, likely spurred by the pivotal and contentious presidential race featuring Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.