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Tennessee Republicans try to flip U.S. House seats in Thursday primary

Tennessee Republicans aim to flip U.S. House seats in Thursday primary

Polls closed at 7 p.m. in Tennessee’s primaries on Thursday. File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 4 (UPI) — Polls closed Thursday evening in Tennessee’s primary election to choose nominees for a slew of races, including several newly redrawn U.S. congressional races likely to favor Republicans.

Republicans are targeting the 5th Congressional District, where Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat, retired after redistricting turned the district red. Democrat Heidi Campbell is running unopposed, as the Republican primary will dsicover six candidates vying for the nomination — Geni Batchelor, Jeff Beierlein, Natisha Brooks, Beth Harwell, Timothy Lee and Andy Ogles.

WTVF-TV in Nashville predicted turnout as of this year’s primaries will be high because of the competitive nature of the 5th District race, alongside two General Assembly seats — State Senate District 19 and House District 52.

The 5th District is one of the in the united states that Republicans desire to flip to regain control of the home.

In the gubernatorial race, incumbent Gov. Bill Lee is running unopposed for the Republican Party nomination and can face among three Democratic contenders in November — Carnita Atwater, Jason Martin or JB Smiley.

In case a Democrat wins in November, hawaii may have its first Black governor in Atwater or Smiley, or perhaps a physician who’s never held political office in Martin. Hawaii last had a Democratic governor in 2006 with Phil Bredesen.

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