Tennessee will hold both its Republican and Democratic primaries on Thursday. Polling stations closed at 7 p.m. local time and 8 p.m. ET.
Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles emerged victorious in the state’s 5th congressional district amid a crowded GOP scoop. Physician Jason Martin also won Indiana’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Thursday night.
Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee ran unopposed for reelection in the Volunteer State primaries. Before becoming governor in 2019, he worked for his family’s construction company, Lee Company, where he briefly served as chairman.
In December, Lee will face the winner of Thursday’s Democratic primary, where three candidates tried to oust him: advocate Carnita Atwater, physician Jason Martin and Memphis Councilman JB Smiley Jr.
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In early 2022, Lee approved and signed into law a new congressional card after the card was passed in both chambers of the Tennessee legislature. The new map divided the city of Nashville into three distinct districts, which incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of the state’s 5th congressional district not to seek reelection.
“Despite my strength in the polls, I couldn’t stop the General Assembly from shredding Nashville,” Cooper said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “No one has tried harder to keep our city whole. I’ve explored every possible way, including lawsuits, to stop the Gerrymandering and win one of the three new congressional districts now dividing Nashville. There’s no way, at least for me at this election cycle, but there may be a path for other worthy candidates.”
Fighting for the Democrats in Cooper’s place in the 5th district is Tennessee State Sen. Heidi Campbell, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She will face the overcrowded GOP primary winner, which had nine candidates vying for the seat. The top three candidates were former Speaker of the State House Beth Harwell, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles, and retired Brigadier General of the Tennessee National Guard. Gene. Kurt Winstead
In addition, five of the state’s nine congressmen had no primary opponents: Representatives John Rose, Mark Green, Scott DesJarlais, Diana Harshbarger and Tim Burchett.
Each of the 99 seats in the Tennessee state house is up for re-election this year, and 17 of the 33 seats in the state’s Senate are also up for grabs.
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