Election night coverage: Hagerty, Bradshaw win Senate primaries

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Knox County results are coming in.

These are only Knox County votes. Here are where the contested races stand with 70% of Knox County precincts reporting:

  • Michele Carringer is leading Patti Bounds, 4,206-3,156, in the U.S. House of Representatives District 16 Republican primary.
  • Eddie Mannis is leading Gina Oster, 3,221-2,861, in the U.S. House of Representatives District 18 Republican primary.
  • Renee Hoyos is leading Chance Brown, 21,8103,009, in the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 Democratic primary.
  • Jane George is leading Sam Brown, 7,1434,120, in the Tennessee Senate District 6 Democratic primary.
  • Sam McKenzie, 2,023 is leading Matthew Park, 2,000 and Rick Staples, 1,094, in the Tennessee House of Representatives District 15 Democratic primary.
  • Eric M. Lutton is leading Sherif Guindi, 38,96421,276, in the Public Defender District 6 race.
  • Dasha Lundy is leading Reginald M. Jackson, 3,637971, in the County Commission District 1 general election.
  • Courtney Durrett is leading Grant Rosenberg, 4,2673,252, in the County Commission District 2 general election.
  • Kyle Ward is leading Todd Frommeyer, 5,7575,024, in the County Commission District 4 general election.
  • John Schoonmaker is leading Kimberly Peterson, 5,6302,999, in the County Commission District 5 general election.
  • David Buuck is leading Jackson Fenner, 37,89723,075, in the County Law Director general election.

Hagerty will face Bradshaw for US Senate seat in November

Bill Hagerty now knows his Democratic challenger for the November election. The Associated Press called the Tennessee U.S. Senate Democratic primary for Marquita Bradshaw just before 9 p.m. EDT. Bradshaw, an alumna of the University of Memphis and single mother, defeated four other candidates including James Mackler and Robin Kimbrough.

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Associated Press calls Tennessee GOP Senate race for Hagerty

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty campaigns for the Senate Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Gallatin, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty rode the endorsement of President Donald Trump to victory Thursday in a contested Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee.

The Nashville businessman emerged from a tough challenge from trauma surgeon Manny Sethi to clinch his party’s nomination for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Last July, Trump let Tennessee voters know he would back Hagerty for the seat, months before Hagerty declared himself a candidate. Sethi had already been running for about a month when Trump’s tweet turned the contest upside down.

Hagerty proceeded to ignore Sethi for most of the campaign until back-and-forth attacks opened up a few weeks ago and never slowed down. Hagerty leveraged Trump’s endorsement to brush back attacks on his previous business and political ties to Mitt Romney, who was once the GOP presidential nominee and now, according to Hagerty, is a “weak-kneed” Republican senator who voted to convict Trump during the impeachment trial.

Hagerty spent more than $9.6 million on the race through mid-July, compared to the $4.2 million spent by Sethi. Several million more dollars combined have been spent by outside groups on both sides.

Knox County early voting numbers in

The final numbers in Knox County are in. Across Knox County 46,596 votes were cast during early voting. Friday, July 31, was the busiest day for early voting with 4,398 ballots cast. Downtown West recorded the most votes by location, 9,029.

Some key races:

  • Michele Carringer is leading Patti Bounds, 4,650-3,342, in the U.S. House of Representatives District 16 Republican primary.
  • Gina Oster is leading Eddie Mannis, 3,466-3,367 in the U.S. House of Representatives District 18 Republican primary.
  • Renee Hoyos is leading, 30,146, Chance Brown, 4,465, in the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 Democratic primary.
  • Jane George, 7,738, is leading Sam Brown, 4,375, in the Tennessee Senate District 6 Democratic primary.
  • Sam McKenzie, 2,023, is leading Matthew Park, 2,000, and Rick Staple in the Tennessee House of Representatives District 15 Democratic primary.
  • Marquita Bradshaw, 111,947, leads the U.S. Senate Tennessee Democratic primary race over James Mackler, 69,663, and Robin Kimbrough, 80,892.

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First absentee, early voting numbers coming in from across East Tennessee

The first absentee and early voting numbers are coming in from Sevier, Cocke and Hamblen counties. You can follow along here all night.

With 17% reporting Bill Hagerty is leading Manny Sethi 64,359 (52.6%) to 47,276 (38.6%) in the U.S. Senate Republican primary.

Marquita Bradshaw is leading Robin Kimbrough 20,942 (30.8%) to 20,776 (30.5%) in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary.

Knox County early and absentee voting is still being tallied.

In other key races:

  • Diana Harshbarger, 6,540, is leading Timothy Hill, 4,622, in the U.S House of Representatives District 1 Republican primary to replace retiring Rep. Phil Roe.
  • Renee Hoyos, 341, is leading Chance Brown, 146, in the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 Democratic primary. The winner will face incumbent Rep. Tim Burchett.

Tennesseans to decide US Senate race contenders to replace Alexander

For the first time since 2002, Tennessee voters will not see Lamar Alexander on the ballot for U.S. Senate. Fifteen Republican candidates and five Democratic candidates are on the ballot tonight to replace the longtime politician.

Polls open at different times, with details available on the secretary of state’s website, sos.tn.gov. They close statewide at 7 p.m. CDT, 8 p.m. EDT.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and trauma surgeon Manny Sethi are the perceived top GOP nominees and Marquita Bradshaw, Robin Kimbrough and James Mackler are the top Democrats in the race to replace Sen. Alexander.

Thursday night the race for the Tennessee House District 15 democratic primary remained too close to call. Sam McKenzie had a 23 vote lead over Matthew Park with 89 of 89 precincts reporting. Incumbent state representative Rick Staples was in third place with 1,094 votes.

Knox County Election says that there are a total of 226 provisional ballots. They will go through them Friday and figure out to which house districts they belong. The provisional ballot counting board is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Matthew Park’s campaign manager said Thursday night he would not concede. The campaign wants to wait until all votes are counted on Tuesday.

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