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By Damon Lawrence and Katie Hogin
The Republican wave sweeping the country drowned Dennis Ferguson's career in the Tennessee General Assembly Tuesday night.
The incumbent Democrat from Midtown lost to Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley in the race for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.
“It's just a tide I couldn't stop,” Ferguson told supporters during his concession speech.
Hurley took the early vote and went on to defeat Ferguson by a final tally of 8,833 to 7,834.
“My main focus is jobs,” Hurley said at her victory party Tuesday in Harriman. “We have to bring jobs here right now.”
She thanked all of her supporters and said she's looking forward to working with Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Haslam.
Republicans were claiming victories all across the country Tuesday night, and multiple news outlets were projecting the party to take control of the U.S. House from the Democrats.
“It didn't matter what I done,” Ferguson said. “It was not going to work this time.”
In another race of local significance, incumbent Democrat Lincoln Davis fell to Republican Scott DesJarlais in the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District.