Durham loses seat in a landslide

State Rep. Jeremy Durham, once viewed as a rising star among younger Republican, lost his House seat in a landslide Thursday following reports on his sexual harassment of 22 women.

From The Tennessean’s report:

Challenger Sam Whitson trounced the former House majority whip, earning 3,682 votes compared to 645 for Durham, according to final but unofficial results. Stacey Givens, who pulled out of the race but did so too late to have her name removed from the ballot, received 303 votes.

“I’m just very grateful to the voters of the 65th House District, trusting me in this. This is a great victory in the Republican primary and we’re looking forward to the November general election,” Whitson, 62, said after the race was called in his favor. “We’re going to work just as hard in that one as we did in this one.”

Durham suspended his campaign last month in the wake of a Tennessee attorney general’s report citing 22 women who alleged inappropriate sexual contact or conduct by Durham, R-Franklin. Early voting started the next day.

Durham, 32, and his attorney Bill Harbison did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.