House Districct 31, Cobb V. Travis, is Bitterly Contested

The latest development in the bitterly contested state House District 31 GOP primary is that incumbent Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, and Republican challenger Ron Travis, of Dayton, really do agree on some things, reports Action Andy Sher.
Both men have reservations about school vouchers, and both say they back anti-abortion legislation.
Beyond that, though, all bets are off in a contest that has attracted statewide attention. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is probing challenges by election officials of Democrats and other voters who are trying to vote in the Republican primary, which can be done if certain criteria are met.
The Rhea County Herald-News recently reported that, since 1996, Cobb has voted in one Democratic primary while Travis has voted in two.
The winner of Thursday’s GOP primary will be the next representative because no Democrat is running.
Cobb has accused Travis of being more of a Democrat than a Republican, saying he voted at least twice in Democratic primaries. He charged that Travis and his supporters hatched a plot “to get as many Democrats as possible to vote in the Republican primary.”
Citing his six years of experience in the Legislature, Cobb said electing Travis would be a “waste of time for a guy I believe really is not a conservative.”
Cobb has said repeatedly he has not been part of the GOP voting challenges.
Travis, 57, said he’s been a Republican since he was 18, although acknowledging he never has voted for Cobb, 61, who’s now seeking a fourth term.
“I’ve never put much faith in Jim Cobb,” said Travis, who calls himself a conservative. “I don’t like him representing me. I don’t think he does anything for us other than naming some roads for people and a dog-restraint bill. He couldn’t even get a second on it.”

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