Sanderson is only the second Republican ever to carry Dyer County in a state House race when he won his seat in 2010, but on Tuesday he became the first Republican ever to carry Dyer County in the House race for a second term and the first Republican to ever carry Lake County in a state House race.
Early voting results in Dyer County showed Sanderson with a lead over Democrat Mark Oakes with a total of 5,319 to Oakes' 2,745. Sanderson went on to take the county with 8,130 votes compared to the Oakes' 4,545 votes.
In Lake County, Sanderson brought in 1,056 votes and Oakes trailed with 821 votes. In Obion County, Sanderson had 5,193 votes with Oakes bringing in 1,969. Sanderson ultimately won with 14,379 votes throughout the district compared to Oakes' 7,335 votes.
In 2010, Sanderson beat Democrat Judy Barker by a vote of 8,225 to 7,939. In that race, Sanderson pulled in 3,450 votes to Barker's 1,913 in Dyer County. In Lake County, Barker beat Sanderson with 871 votes to Sanderson's 555. In Obion County, Sanderson had 4,220 votes and Barker had 5,155.
Sanderson said he wanted to thank the people of Dyer County for their support and knew he still had to work hard to win the race against Oakes.
"You never want to discount an opponent and Mark Oakes is a really good guy," said Sanderson. "Overall, it was a very friendly race and there is something to be said for that."
He noted his re-election was a result of hard work and people coming together for a common cause.
"I want to thank Dyer County for supporting me," said Sanderson.
Sanderson will also be part of a new super majority of Republicans. By controlling two-thirds of the seats in both chambers for the first time since the Reconstruction era, Republicans can now carry on business even if Democrats walk out of session.
"We feel like we can expedite the voting process," said Sanderson.
He noted the he supports states' rights and feels Tennesseans want to preserve conservative values.
"Nationally, President Obama was re-elected tonight, but Tennessee's vales have remained conservative and our state government is going to be there to protect those values," said Sanderson. "Washington, in my opinion, is headed down the wrong path, but the state of Tennessee overwhelmingly supported Mitt Romney. We want to see more state government and less federal government. We believe in the Fifth Amendment, which are states' rights. And we are there to protect states' rights regardless of what the path the federal government takes."
Sanderson said one of the first things the Legislature will have to deal with when they reconvene is how they will handle the Affordable Health Care Act.
"That's going to be our main agenda," said Sanderson.