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Congressional Incumbents Hold On
All of the state’s congressional incumbents prevailed in party primaries Thursday and now turn their attention to the general election. In the one race that drew headlines, U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin handily prevailed over Lou Ann Zelenik in a rematch race for the District 6 Republican nomination. She is unopposed in the general election.
1st District – Rep. Phil Roe easily won his primary. He will face Democrat Alan Woodruff in the fall election.
2nd District – Rep. Jimmy Duncan easily won his primary. He will face Democrat Troy Christopher Goodale in the general election.
3rd District – U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann defeated dairy executive Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp, son of the former congressman, to compete as the Republican nominee in the fall. He will face Democrat Mary Headrick.
4th District – U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a first-term Republican from Jasper defeated challenger Shannon Kelley in Thursday’s primary. He will face state Sen. Eric Stewart, a Democrat and insurance agency owner, in the general election.
5th District – In Nashville, incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper was waiting to learn whom his general election opponent would be. Brad Staats, a small business owner from Hermitage, was leading Bob Ries in a close race to take on Cooper.
7th District – Brentwood Republican Marsha Blackburn was unopposed for the nomination. She will face Democratic opponent Credo Amouzouvik as well as several independent candidates in the fall.
8th District – Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher also was waiting to see who his general election opponent would be. Timothy Dixon was narrowly leading Wes Bradley in the Democratic primary.
9th District – In the Memphis area, Rep. Steve Cohen easily won his primary. He will face Republican George Flinn in the general election.
In the U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Bob Corker advanced easily over four opponents. He’ll face Mark Clayton of Nashville, who beat six other Democrats, in November. The Tennessee Democratic Party has distanced itself from Clayton, saying he has ties to a hate group. USA Today reports on that story.