Gubernatorial Candidates Make Eleventh Hour Campaign Stops

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Knoxville (WVLT) - Candidates for Governor are making their final rounds across the state with Governor Phil Bredesen in Middle Tennessee and Republican challenger Jim Bryson in East Tennessee Monday.

Both candidates are looking for some extra votes with a heated Senatorial race going on and both know the importance of the early results which will come from here in East Tennessee on who will be the next Governor.

Governor Phil Bredesen visited Lebenon, Jonesborough, and Jackson before ending up in Nashville Monday evening.

After a single term, the Governor says he knows just how important East Tennessee is when it comes to the results.

"My secret to getting elected was at least not getting too badly killed in East Tennessee and I think when those returns start coming in that will kind of tell us where the races are going both in my own case and in the case of the Senate race," says Governor Bredesen.

Meanwhile, trailing by double digits in the polls, Jim Bryson hit his home base hard stumping for votes here in Knoxville with the help of State Senator Tim Burchett at Wrights Cafeteria during the noon lunch hour.

Bryson says he hopes recent surges in the polls for his Senate counterpart will earn him some extra votes on Tuesday.

"With Bob Corker doing well in the polls, I think that's going to help me as well. I also believe having the marriage amendment on the ballot is going to help me as well because I've stood up twice to vote for the marriage amendment," says Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Bryson.

Bryson says he feels the two biggest issues in his race will be education and illegal immigration.

The Governor meets with staff and volunteers Monday night and Bryson says he'll be making a trip back to East Tennessee in the morning.