Election preview: State races

Primary elections for state offices are being held across Tennessee Thursday.

Two state-wide races Thursday are for governor and one of the U.S. Senate seats. Let's start with the race for the top job in Tennessee.

On the Republican side, Governor Bill Haslam has two challengers: Mark Brown and Basil Marceaux, Sr.

On the Democratic side, there are four candidates for governor: Charlie Brown, Kennedy Johnson, John McKamey, and Ron Noonan.

The primary winners will face off in the November race.

The U.S. Senate seat has challengers from both parties.

On the Republican side, there are seven candidates. Lamar Alexander is the incumbent; he has held the seat since 2003. Challengers from his party include Christian Agnew, Joe Carr, George Flinn, John King, Brenda Lenard, and Erin Magee.

There are four candidates from the Democratic party vying for the seat: Terry Adams, Gordon Ball, Larry Crim, and Gary Davis.

The seat that represents Northeast Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives is also up for grabs. Congressman Phil Roe has two Republican challengers, Daniel Hartley and John Rader. This race decides who goes to Washington next year since the Democrats did not put up a candidate.

Turning now to regional races, we have several districts selecting Republican nominees to the Tennessee House representatives. None of these races has Democrat challengers, so essentially this primary will decide who goes to Nashville.

In District 2, incumbent Tony Shipley is being challenged by Bud Hulsey who worked many years with the Kingsport Police Department.

In District 5 of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Incumbent David Hawk is being challenged by Ted Hensley.

In District 6 of the Tennessee House, Clayton Stout is challenging the incumbent Micah Van Huss.

In the Tennessee House of Representatives for District 7, there are three candidates: Phil Carriger, Todd Franklin, and the incumbent, Matthew Hill.

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