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Date: August 3rd 2018
 

Primary Election Results

After a long Thursday night of watching election returns roll in, a once murky 2018 election picture became much clearer with the conclusion of the August Republican and Democratic primaries. Overall, first time candidate Bill Lee won big in the Republican primary for Governor. While three incumbent legislators lost their primaries- Senator Reggie Tate (D-Memphis), Rep. Barry Doss (R-Leoma) and Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Buchanan).

Below is a summary of all the Thursday night action in the contested Republican and Democratic Primaries. The summary is broken down into statewide contested primaries, Tennessee State Senate contested primaries, and Tennessee House of Representatives contested primaries.

Statewide Contested Primaries

At the top of ballot in the Republican Primary, first time candidate Bill Lee (R) emerged victorious in a hotly contested race to become the Republican nominee for Governor. Bill Lee beat out Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd, Congressman Diane Black and House Speaker Beth Harwell in the most expensive Republican Primary on record in Tennessee. Lee will face former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean who defeated former House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh in the Democratic Primary.

Working down the ballot, United States Congressman Marsha Blackburn easily won the Republican nomination to succeed outgoing United States Senator Bob Corker (R) who is retiring from elected office after serving two terms in the Senate. United States Congressman Blackburn will face former two-term Democratic Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen in the November general election. Former Governor Bredesen, like Blackburn, cruised to victory on Thursday night to earn the Democratic nomination to become Tennessee's next United States Senator.

Tennessee State Senate Contested Primaries

In East Tennessee, Senator Art Swann (R), who hails from Maryville, won the Republican Primary in Senate District 2. Senator Swann will face no opposition in the November general election.

In Middle Tennessee State Representative Dawn White (R) easily defeated outgoing Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess in the Republican Primary in Senate District 13 to replace Sen. Bill Ketron.  Her new district covers part of Rutherford County and includes part of Murfreesboro. Representative White is expected to easily win in the November general election with only token opposition from Democrat Kelly Northcutt. Senator Ketron will now become Rutherford County Mayor after his election victory.

Also in Middle Tennessee, former State Representative Brenda Gilmore (D) took 65% of the vote in a four person Democratic Primary to succeed long-serving Senator Thelma Harper (D), who is retiring. Representative Gilmore is expected to be the next Senator for Tennessee Senate District 19, which includes parts of Davidson County after the November general election.

In West Tennessee, State Senator Ed Jackson (R), who hails from Jackson, easily won the Republican Primary in Tennessee Senate District 27, which includes Madison, Crockett, Lake, Dyer and Lauderdale Counties. Senator Jackson will face Savannah Williamson in the November general election and is expected to retain his seat.

Moving further west, State Representative Raumesh Akbari (D) defeated Justin Ford in the Democratic Primary for Tennessee Senate District 29, which includes part of Shelby County. Tennessee Senate District 29 became an open seat after Senator Lee Harris (D) decided to leave the Senate and run for Shelby County Mayor. Akbari will face Republican Tom Stephens in the November general election who ran unopposed in the Republican Primary. Senate District 29 is expected to remain a Democratic seat in the Tennessee Senate.

Moving around Shelby County, Gabby Salinas won the Democratic Primary and will face State Senator Brian Kelsey (R) who ran unopposed in the Republican Primary in November to become the next state Senator for Tennessee Senate District 31.

In our final stop in Shelby County, Katrina Robinson defeated long serving State Senator Reggie Tate (D) in the Democratic Primary for Tennessee Senate District 33. This race has gotten media attention after the Shelby County democratic party shunned Senator Tate and the Commercial Appeal wrote a scathing editorial discouraging readers from voting for him.  With no Republican opposition in the November general election, Katrina Robinson (D) is now the state Senator for Tennessee Senate District 33.

Tennessee House of Representatives Contested Primaries

Starting in East Tennessee, State Representative John Holsclaw (R) who hails from Elizabethton, defeated his opponent Tim Lingerfelt in the Republican Primary for Tennessee House District 4, which includes Unicoi and part of Carter County. Representative Holsclaw will face no opposition in the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 8, which includes part of Blount County, Representative Jerome Moon (R), who hails from Maryville, easily defeated Republican challenger Rick Hillegas in the Republican Primary. Representative Moon will face opposition in the November general election but is expected to retain his seat.

In Tennessee House District 8, which includes Hancock and Hawkins counties, Representative Gary Hicks (R) of Rogersville defeated former Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey in the Republican Primary. Early on, this was expected to be a hotly contested race, but Rep Hicks easily won.  Representative Hicks will have opposition in the November general election, but is expected to retain his seat.

Rick Eldridge defeated Tommy Pedigo in the Republican Primary for Tennessee House District 10, which covers Hamblen County. Eldridge will replace retiring State Representative Tilman Goins (R) who is retiring. Eldridge is expected to win the November general election over his Democratic opponent.

In Tennessee House District 11, which includes Cocke County and parts of Greene and Jefferson County, State Representative Jeremy Faison (R) of Cosby easily defeated challenger Greg Fodness in the Republican Primary. A strong supporter of medical marijuana, Representative Faison will face Democratic opposition in the November general election but is expected to retain his seat.

In Tennessee House District 14, which includes parts of Knox County, Justin Davis defeated Alex Dunn, Jr. in the Democratic Primary. Justin Davis will face State Representative Jason Zachary (R). Representative Zachary is expected to retain his seat after the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 18, which includes parts of Knox County, Greg Mackay defeated Joshua Gregory in the Democratic Primary. Mackay will face State Representative Martin Daniel in the November general election. Representative Daniel is expected to retain his seat after the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 19, which includes parts of Knox County Dave Wright defeated Dallas Sivley and Donald Wiser in the Republican Primary to replace retiring State Representative Harry Brooks (R). Dave Wright will face Democrat Edward Nelson in the November general election and is expected to win and keep the seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 21, which includes part of Monroe and part of Loudon County, Lowell Russell defeated Tony Aikens and Doyle Arp in the Republican Primary to replace Representative Jimmy Matlock (R) who retired from state office to run for Congress. Lowell Russell will have a Democratic opponent in the November general election but is expected to keep this seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 23, which includes McMinn and part of Monroe County, Mark Cochran defeated Trey Winder in the Republican Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative John Forgety (R). Mark Cochran will face a Democratic opponent in the November general election, but is expected to keep the seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 24, which includes part of Bradley County, Mark Hall won in a four-way Republican Primary in the race to succeed outgoing State Representative Kevin Brooks (R). Mark Hall will face Mallory Pickert (D) in the November general election, and is expected to keep the seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 26, which includes part of Hamilton County, Jean-Marie Lawrence won the Democratic Primary and will face former Chair of the Tennessee Republican Party Robin Smith in the November general election. Robin Smith is expected to win the November general election and will replace long-serving State Representative Gerald McCormick (R) who recently decided to not seek re-election.

In Tennessee House District 28, which includes part of Hamilton County, Yusuf Hakeem won in a crowded Democratic Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative JoAnne Favors (D). Hakeem was endorsed by former Rep Favors.  Hakeem will face Republican Lemon Williams in the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 30, which includes part of Hamilton County, Esther Helton defeated Jonathan Mason by less than 200 votes.  This Republican Primary to succeed retiring State Representative Marc Gravitt (R) got quite heated when Republican Leader Glen Casada endorsed Helton and opposed Mason.  Esther Helton will face Joda Thongnopnua (D) in the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 33, which includes part of Anderson County, Richard Dawson won the Democratic Primary and will face State Representative John Ragan (R) in the November general election. Representative Ragan is expected to retain his seat after the November election.

In Tennessee House District 35, which includes part of Union County and Claiborne and Grainger Counties, State Representative Jerry Sexton won the Republican Primary by defeating former TN Senator Mike Williams. Representative Sexton will face no opposition from a Democrat in the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 39, which includes Moore and parts of Franklin and Marion Counties, Iris Rudder won the Republican Primary with 40% of the vote in a three-way race to succeed retiring State Representative David Alexander (R). Rudder will face Democratic opposition in the general election, but is expected to keep this seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 40, which includes Smith, Trousdale and parts of DeKalb and Sumner Counties, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R) won the Republican Primary and with no opposition in the November general election she will retain her seat.

In Tennessee House District 43, which includes part of Warren County and White and Grundy Counties, State Representative Paul Sherrell (R) won the Republican Primary over Jerry Lowery. will face Les Trotman (D) in the November general election with expectations being that the seat would remain in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 45, which includes part of Sumner County, Johnny Garrett won the Republican Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Courtney Rogers (R). Johnny Garrett will face Hanna Ali (D) in the November general election and is expected win and keep this seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 46, which includes Cannon and parts of Wilson and DeKalb Counties, State Representative Clark Boyd (R) defeated Menda McCall Holmes in the Republican Primary. Representative Boyd will face Mark Cagle (D) in the November general election and is expected to win and keep this seat Republican.

In Tennessee House District 47, which includes Coffee and part of Warren County, Rush Bricken won the Republican Primary with 56% of the vote in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Judd Matheny (R). Bricken will face Democrat Mike Winton in the November general election and is expected to win and keep the seat Republican.

In Tennessee House District 49, which includes part of Rutherford County, State Representative Mike Sparks (R) squeaked by his opponent Tim Morrell in the Republican Primary with a 95-vote margin.  Sparks will face Democrat Chris Mayor in the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 51, which includes part of Davidson County, State Representative Bill Beck (D) defeated Trey Palmedo. Representative Beck faces no Republican opposition in the November general election and will ensure the seat stays in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 54, which includes part of Davidson County, Vincent Dixie took 34% of the vote in a four-way Democratic Primary to win the race to succeed retiring State Representative Brenda Gilmore (D) who successfully ran for State Senate in the race to succeed retiring State Senator Thelma Harper (D). Dixie will face no Republican opposition in the November general election ensuring that the seat will remain in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 56, which includes part of Davidson County and is the lone House seat in Davidson County controlled by Republicans, Dr Brent Moody defeated Joseph Williams in an expensive Republican Primary. Speaker Beth Harwell (R) who stepped down to run for Governor is vacating the seat. Moody will face the well-financed Bob Freeman (D) in the November general election. The November general election is expected to be the most expensive House race to date in Tennessee.

In Tennessee House District 57, which includes part of Wilson County, State Representative Susan Lynn (R) defeated Aaron Shane in the Republican Primary. This race was expected to be close, but Lynn won with 66% of the vote.  Representative Lynn will face Democrat Jordon Cole in the November general election and the seat is expected to remain Republican.

In Tennessee House District 58, which includes part of Davidson County, State Representative Harold Love Jr. won the Democratic Primary. With no opposition in the November general election, the seat will remain in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 59, which includes part of Davidson County, Metro Nashville Councilman Jason Potts defeated Kyle Southern in the Democratic primary in the race to succeed outgoing State Representative Sherry Jones (D). Potts will face Republican David Birdsong in the November general election and is expected to win and keep the seat in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 61, which includes part of Williamson County, Brandon Ogles won the Republican Primary with 35% of the vote in a six-way race to succeed long-serving State Representative Charles Sargent (R), who retired this year. Ogles will face Democrat Rebecca Purrington in the November general election and is expected to win easily and keep the seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 64, which includes part of Maury County, Scott Cepicky narrowly defeated Michael Fulbright in the Republican Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Sheila Butt (R). Cepicky will face A.J. Holmes (D) in the November general election and is expected to win and keep the seat Republican.

In Tennessee House District 67, which includes part of Montgomery County, Jason Hodges defeated Houston Rye in the Democratic Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Joe Pitts (D). Hodges will face Republican Tommy Vallejos in the November general election. It's possible that this seat could flip from Democrat to Republican after the November general election.

In  bit of a surprise in Tennessee House District 70, which includes Giles County and part of Lawrence County, Clay Doggett defeated incumbent State Representative Barry Doss (R) in the Republican Primary. Doggett will face Democrat Jessica Yokley in the November general election. This seat is expected to remain Republican.

In Tennessee House District 72, which includes Henderson, Perry, Chester and Decatur Counties, Kirk Haston narrowly won in a three-way Republican Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Steve McDaniel (R). McDaniel had endorsed the second highest vote getter in the race, Dan Hughes.  Haston will face Democrat James T. Haynes in the November general election. This seat is expected to remain in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 73, which includes part of Madison County, Chris Todd handily defeated Jay Bush in hotly contested Republican Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Jimmy Eldridge (R). Todd was endorsed by Republican Leader Glen Casada and Bush was endorsed by Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson. Todd will face Democrat James Baxter in the November general election and the seat is expected to remain Republican.

Another incumbent upset occurred in Tennessee House District 75, which includes Henry, Benton and Stewart Counties, Bruce Griffey defeated State Representative Tim Wirgau (R) in the Republican Primary. Griffey will face Richard Carl (D) in the November general election. This seat is expected to remain Republican.

In Tennessee House District 76, which includes Weakley County and parts of Obion and Carroll Counties, State Representative Andy Holt (R) defeated challenger Scott Fortner in the Republican Primary. Representative Holt will face a Democrat in the November general election and is expected to easily win and keep the seat in Republican hands.

In Tennessee House District 82, which includes Lauderdale, Crockett and Haywood Counties, Chris Hurt defeated Andy Cole in the Republican Primary. In the Democratic Primary, Andrea Johnson defeated Robert Harris. This is an open seat after House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D) decided to run for Governor and retire from the House. This seat will be a battleground race for Republicans and Democrats as both parties feel good about their respective candidates chances to win in November.

In Tennessee House District 83, which includes part of Shelby County, State Representative Mark White (R) won the Republican Primary. Representative White will face Democrat Danielle Schonbaum in the November general election. Representative White is the favorite in the November general election.

In Tennessee House District 85, which includes part of Shelby County, Jesse Chism won in a four-way Democratic Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Johnnie Turner. With no opposition in the November general election from Republicans, this seat will remain in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 86, which includes part of Shelby County, State Representative Barbara Cooper (D) easily won in the Democratic Primary. With no Republican running in the November general election, Representative Cooper will serve another term in the House.

In Tennessee House District 89, which includes part of Knox County, Justin Lafferty won in a highly competitive 5-way Republican Primary in the race to succeed retiring State Representative Roger Kane (R). Democrat Colleen Martinez won in the Democratic Primary. Lafferty is expected to win in the November general election and the seat will likely remain Republican.

In Tennessee House District 90, which includes part of Shelby County, State Representative John DeBerry defeated Torrey Harris in the Democratic Primary. With no Republican opposition in the November general election, this seat will remain in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 91, which includes part of Shelby County, London Lamar won in a three-way Democratic Primary in the race to succeed State Representative Raumesh Akbari (D) who successfully ran for the Tennessee State Senate. With no Republican opposition in the November general election, London Lamar's victory will ensure the seat remains in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 92, which includes Marshall County and parts of Franklin, Lincoln and Marion Counties, State Representative Rick Tillis (R) defeated former State Representative Billy Spivey by taking 57% of the vote in the Republican Primary. Representative Tillis will face Democrat Scott Coffey in the November general election and is expected to win and keep the seat Republican.

In Tennessee House District 93, which includes part of Shelby County, State Representative G.A. Hardaway (D) defeated Eddie Neal in the Democratic Primary. There is no Republican running in the November general election ensuring the seat will remain in Democrat hands.

In Tennessee House District 96, which includes part of Shelby County, Republican Scott McCormick defeated Patti Possel in the Republican Primary setting up an anticipated showdown against State Representative Dwayne Thompson (D) in the November general election. Prior to Representative Thompson winning the seat two-years ago in an upset over former State Representative Steve McManus (R) the seat was solidly Republican. Republicans and Democrats both feel good about their candidate’s chances to win come November.

In Tennessee House District 98, which includes part of Shelby County, State Representative Antonio Parkinson (D) defeated challenger Johnnie Hatten in the Democratic Primary. With no Republican in the November general election, this seat will remain in Democrat hands.

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