TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 8, 2012

State Election Coordinator Mark Goins says there is not enough time to hold another primary to address the state Democratic Party's rejection of Mark Clayton as its nominee to take on U.S. Senator Bob Corker this fall. Clayton won the nomination but the party has disavowed him, saying he is associated with a hate group. Goins’ ruling came in response to fourth-place finisher Larry Crim's request for a new primary election. In a letter to Crim, Goins said the party could have disqualified Clayton within a week of the filing deadline, but that there is not enough time for a new election now as military ballots must be mailed by Sept. 22 for the general election.