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The Republican gubernatorial candidate with the most name recognition is Congressman Diane Black, polls have shown. And if elected, she would be the first woman to hold the position of governor.

But that isn't what she talks about to voters. Instead, she touts close ties to President Trump and fierce opposition to illegal immigration.

WPLN's Emily Siner spoke with Black about what messages she's decided to emphasize in her campaign. And Emily talked through the conversation with her colleague Jason Moon Wilkins.

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President Donald Trump traveled to Nashville Tuesday to support Congressman Marsha Blackburn in her bid for the U.S. Senate, but Republican hopefuls up and down the ballot sought to tie themselves to Trump in the hope that his popularity will rub off this fall.

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive in Nashville Tuesday afternoon, prompting road closures and heightened security around Municipal Auditorium, where the rally is to take place.

The event is being put together by Trump's political organization, and it seems to be aimed at bolstering Tennessee candidates — perhaps two in particular.

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Congressman Diane Black says she stands by her decision to intervene in a dispute between an East Tennessee trucking company and the Environmental Protection Agency.

That's even though Tennessee Tech University has walked back a study that it did — and that Black cited — supporting the company.

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Congressman Diane Black is facing reports that she helped a truck dealer in her district get around federal pollution and safety rules.

A New York Times investigation published Thursday finds that the Republican lawmaker helped preserve a loophole that let a Crossville dealer put hundreds of diesel trucks on the road with outdated technology.

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Gallatin Congressman Diane Black announced Wednesday morning she’s stepping down as the chairman of the House budget committee.

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As a state lawmaker, Republican Mae Beavers frequently proposed legislation to do away with handgun carry permits. And as a candidate for governor, her position is unchanged.

She believes there are already enough strings attached to gun purchases, so the permit process is pointless.

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Tennesseans have softened their opposition to medical marijuana in recent years, and the candidates for governor reflect that change in public opinion.

Although none is calling to legalize cannabis outright, several say the state should consider allowing it for people who have serious health issues.

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The question of whether immigrants brought to the United States as children should qualify for in-state tuition has divided Tennessee Republicans in recent years.

But the five major GOP candidates for governor all see it the same way: They're against it.

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One of the richest and most recognizable Republican names floating around next year’s gubernatorial race has officially entered.

Diane Black made a Facebook post around 3 a.m. Wednesday, marking the U.S. representative’s long anticipated arrival into an already crowded GOP field.

Black enters the race as the favorite to win the Republican nomination. She's better-known statewide than any other candidate, she's personally wealthy and she's an experienced fundraiser, so she might convince some people in the race to drop out.

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