Unofficial Incumbent Casualty Count: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats

Final unofficial returns from the state Division of Elections this morning indicate that seven incumbent Republicans and five incumbent Democrats lost bids for re-election in Thursday’s primaries.
Latest additions to the incumbent loser list are Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, defeated by insurance agent Ron Travis 4.357 votes to 4,252 , according to the final unofficial returns; and Rep. Mary Pruitt, D-Nashville, defeated by Harold Love Jr. by about 40 votes.
Other defeated incumbent Republican legislators were House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery of Sevierville; and Reps. Dale Ford of Jonesborough, Julia Hurley of Lenoir City, Linda Elam of Mount Juliet, Don Miller of Morristown.
Other than Pruitt, the Democratic incumbents losing in primaries had all been paired with fellow incumbent Democrats in Republican-controlled redistricting earlier this year. Pruitt was defeated by the son of a former state representative.
Some of the victories for other incumbents were by very close margins, leaving the possibility of challenges or recounts.
Republican Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport had 3,405 votes to 3,394 for challenger Ben Mallicote while Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah had 3,243 votes to 3,238 for challenger Shirley B. Curry.

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