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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:

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Few Tennesseans knew much about Republican businessman Bill Lee a year ago. But over the gubernatorial campaign, he's sketched a picture of what motivates him and what he'd do if elected Tennessee governor next month.

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Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has been making the circuit this fall — of Rotary Clubs and American Legion posts and small-town diners — trying to tackle an ambitious task: Convincing voters to elect a Democrat for governor for the first time in more than a decade.

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Both Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean say the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation should continue to investigate officer-involved shooting deaths, but they disagree on whether that role should expand.

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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.

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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.

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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.