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VOL. 125 | NO. 209 | Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tea Party Event Seeks to Rally Tenn. Voters

LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Associated Press Writer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The latest Tea Party rally in Nashville is necessary to spur people to vote conservative candidates into office, Tennessee Republican lawmakers said Tuesday.

With only a few days left before Election Day, the Tennessee Tea Party was to host a Tuesday stop by the Tea Party Express, a national cross-country tour encouraging people to vote.

A message on the group's website reads: "We're taking our country back!"

Tennessee Tea Party director Robert Kilmarx said the main objective of the rally is to bring attention to the "importance of getting out the vote in this election."

All of Tennessee's conservative candidates were invited to the rally and were to be given a chance to address the crowd.

Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn of Mt. Juliet lost to Republican state Sen. Mae Beavers in the Aug. 5 primary, but she said she still plans to attend the rally.

"I think the majority of the people involved are people who do not like what they see going on in Washington," said Lynn, who was vying to represent District 17. "They realize that they have to become involved."

Earlier this year, about 200 tea party activists marked tax day with a rally across from the state Capitol.

Besides rallies, the party is making its presence felt in Tennessee in other ways. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported this week that the Tennessee Conservatives Fund — which is tied to the tea party movement — is one of 47 political action committees that have registered in the state this year.

Treasurer Eric Stamper said the PAC "is more of an effort to just raise awareness" among tea party activists about which legislative candidates to support.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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