NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee voters speak about Thursday’s primary election.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker coasted to an easy primary win on Thursday night over four Republican challengers.
— “He’s more liberal than I would normally vote for, but I think he’s informative and logical,” said Marge Tamberino, 68, of Nashville, who also voted for him in the 2006 election.
— “I just think he’s done a good job in office,” said John Cowden, 38, of Nashville, who described himself as self-employed.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann faces challenges in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District from two newcomers with familiar last names. Weston Wamp is the son of former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and Scottie Mayfield is an executive with the dairy company that bears his family name.
–“I think they all should be replaced.” — Ted Steed, a 78-year-old Chattanooga retiree, who said House Republicans, including Fleischmann, have blocked President Obama from acting.
–“Chuck’s been pretty steady. I like the way he’s voting.” — Rick Causer, a 51-year-old retired Air Force staff sergeant from Red Bank who voted for Fleischmann.
–“I trust Huckabee. The rest was all mudslinging. I wish they would concentrate on the positives.” — Rebecca Bell, a 68-year-old retired manager at Big Lots, explaining how Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s endorsement of Fleischmann influenced her vote.
–“It’s not the money or the dairy or anything like that, and I don’t think Fleischmann has done anything wrong or anything bad — Scottie’s just a good person, and I believe in him.” — Susan Longley, a 47-year old Hixon teacher, explaining why she voted for Mayfield, whom she described as a family friend.
–“They were slamming their opponents in the commercials more than anything. I think a lot of that is unnecessary. They should have stood on their own records.” — Edwinea Murray, a Fleischmann supporter and retired TVA worker who lives in Hixson, and said she was disgusted by the tone of the campaign.
–“We’ve got to get away from spending so much. We don’t have the money for it.” — Bill Chapul, a 42-year-old BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee employee, who voted for Mayfield and blamed Obama for the country’s problems.
–“I like the fact that Scottie grew a business. He’s a household name. What better can you get?” — Donna Chapul, a 44-year-old stay-at-home mom, who voted for Mayfield.
–“The negative campaigning back and forth toward the end between Mayfield and Fleischmann was nauseating.” — Nick Macco, a 26-year-old Chattanooga entrepreneur, who voted for Wamp.
–“The NRA likes him. Good enough for me.” — Bob Garrott, a 77-year-old retired electrician, who said he voted for Fleischmann.
–“I get a little bit tired of the lawyers running for office all the time.” Eric Vlietstra, a 41-year-old Red Bank businessman who voted for Mayfield.
Another freshman, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, faced a tough challenge from Lou Ann Zelenik, whom she narrowly defeated two years ago.
–“I just think they’re all crooked — I’m sorry.” — Eleanor Searles, an 87-year-old Hendersonville voter who said she didn’t trust any of the politicians but voted for Black because she was familiar with her.
–“I vote for anybody who’s not in office. It’s the sorriest Congress that we’ve had since I can remember.” — Kenneth Beasley, a 69-year-old Gallatin truck dispatcher, explaining why he voted for Zelenik.
–“You stick with a good horse once he’s in the water. You don’t switch horses.” — Willie Ledbetter, a 78-year-old Hendersonville tea party supporter who said she voted for Black because she thinks the congresswoman has done a good job.
–“I voted for Zelenik just because there was so much negativity.” — Donna Thurman, a 64-year-old retired school guidance counselor from Hendersonville, who said she thought the race between Black and Zelenik had too much mudslinging.
Every state House seat and half of the Senate seats are up in this election year with newly drawn district lines. Redistricting has pitted Democratic incumbents against each other in one state Senate and three state House districts. One of those was House district 93 in Memphis where Rep. G.A. Hardaway faced Rep. Mike Kernell.
— “I voted for him last time, so I recognized the name.” Irv Jones, a 57-year-old Memphis voter who supported Hardaway.
–“I know of him and his service to the community.” Gerald Welch, who is 50 and unemployed and voted for Hardaway.
— “He’s been in there for a good while. I think he does good things for us.” James Delgadillo, a 65-year-old massage therapist who voted for Kernell.
–“He has a lot of experience. I looked up his voting record and we vote the same way.” Rosemary Dixon, a 39-year-old who works in produce distribution and voted for Kernell.
In House district 45, Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart faces a challenge from Courtney Rogers. The National Rifle Association has spent heavily to defeat Maggart after she voted against a proposal that would let people who have a legal right to carry a gun bring it on their workplace property.
–“I used to be a member of the NRA and for a lot of reasons I quit.” — Rebecca Shrum, a retired nurse from Hendersonville, who said she supports gun rights and voted for Maggart.
–“I didn’t hold that against her.” — Willie Ledbetter, a 78-year-old Hendersonville woman and tea party member who said she voted against Maggart because she thought she was too negative, not because she voted against the guns-in-parking-lots legislation.
–“I believe in term limits and the best way to do that is at the polling booth.” — Peter Lawson, who voted for Rogers.