By MATT BLOIS
Early voting results in Williamson County favor Republicans in all local races and the race for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Williamson County businessman Bill Lee has a decisive lead over former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean: 47,498 to 25,555. In the Senate race, Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood has 43,904 votes in Williamson County early voting, while former Gov. Phil Bredesen had 30,312.
Republicans lead in the race for District 7 of the U.S. House, Tennessee State Senate District 23 and Tennessee House Districts 61, 63 and 65.
In those races Republicans have about 65 percent of the vote and Democrats got about 35 percent of the vote.
Municipal elections appear to be fairly competitive. In Nolensville, incumbent mayor Jimmy Alexander is leading in his race against write-in candidate Russel Gill. Alexander has 1,800 votes in early voting and Gill received 1,458 votes.
An elections official said Gill missed out on some votes because voters misspelled his name. There were 1,544 write-in votes total.
Three Aldermanic candidates are in the running for Nolensville’s two Board of Mayor and Alderman seats. Derek Adams is leading with 1,715 votes, incumbent Tommy Dugger has 1,672 votes and Steve Cody has 1,602 votes.
The race for mayor in Thompson’s Station is even closer. Incumbent Cory Napier has 35 more votes than his challenger Mike Roberts after early voting.
The race for the two seats on Thompson’s Station’s Board of Mayor and Alderman is less competitive. Planning Commissioner Shaun Alexander has 1,001 votes and Alderman Brandon Bell has 836 votes.
The two other candidates have less than 700 votes.
The biggest margin after early voting is for the proposal to sell liquor in restaurants in the unincorporated areas of Williamson County. About 75 percent of voters supported the proposal in early voting.