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Tennessee's Next Governor

Early voting for the gubernatorial race starts Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Throughout the campaign, we've been asking the candidates about their stances on the issues and how they're strategizing their campaigns. Scroll down to see the questions we've asked, or see their answers summarized

Also, check out our interviews with Republican nominee Bill Lee and Democratic nominee Karl Dean:

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean continued to keep their campaigns civil Tuesday night in Kingsport, where the two held their second debate.

They largely passed up on direct attacks, but there were some places where they sought to highlight their contrasting views.

Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

Democrat Karl Dean is banking on Medicaid expansion as his winning issue in Tennessee's race for governor, while Republican Bill Lee claims the plan would be detrimental. The opposing views represent the sharpest divide between the candidates.

Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

Over the past year, WPLN has been asking the candidates for governor where they stand on topics important to Tennessee voters.

Now that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee, a Republican, have clinched their parties' nominations, we're pulling their answers together. Read on to see what they think about a dozen key issues.

Chas Sisk / WPLN (File photo)

Karl Dean oversaw some big projects during his eight years as Nashville's mayor: a $600 million dollar convention center, a new minor league baseball park, an amphitheater by the Cumberland River.

They left a clear legacy. But they've also been sources of contention.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee has never held political office. But he says running the home services company that bears his name is preparation enough to lead Tennessee's executive branch.

And after winning the Republican nomination for governor, Lee is just one step away from putting that theory to the test.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Williamson County businessman Bill Lee was the surprise winner of the Republican primary for governor Thursday night.

The Christian conservative and owner of the Lee Co. beat out former Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Congressman Diane Black and House Speaker Beth Harwell.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Election Day has arrived again in Middle Tennessee — this time with primaries for state offices and general elections at the local level.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Update 9:30 p.m.

Beth Harwell, Diane Black and Bill Lee have all conceded the race for governor to Bill Lee. Harwell and Black spoke to their campaign parties around 9 p.m. Central, and a spokesman for Lee says Boyd has called to admit defeat.

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Stephen Jerkins/WPLN (File photo)

After the school shootings in Benton, Ky., and Parkland, Fla., this year, Tennessee legislators debated how to tighten up the state's gun laws. They wound up setting aside more money for school security, without passing any significant gun legislation. 

But some voters still say they'd like to see more action, so we asked the candidates for governor:

"What do you see as the key to preventing mass shootings?"

Donn Jones Photography / courtesy NHCC

Tennessee's next governor could likely oversee a sizeable legal settlement with drug makers related to the opioid crisis. But when the state got a windfall from a settlement with tobacco companies in 1998, very little of the money went into programs that help farmers stop producing tobacco or help people quit smoking.

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