Roe rolls over Tribble in 1st Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe won the Republican nomination to a fifth term representing the 1st Congressional District on Thursday, easily defeating challenger Clint Tribble, a tea party activist who had declared the incumbent “out of touch” with conservative voters.

Unofficial returns Thursday night showed Roe,a physician who declared he would serve no more than five terms when first elected, with about 82 percent of the vote to 17 percent for Tribble, who lives in Knoxville.

Alan Bohms of Mohawk, escribed on his website as former head of a logistics company and executive director of the Volunteer Firefighter Allicance, was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. He will face Roe on the November ballot along with independent candidate Robert D. Franklin of Elizabethton.

Tibble on July 1 announced he was suspending his campaign, saying in a news release that he had received threats to himself and his family – making a point of saying he felt Roe had nothing to do with them. He restarted the effort a couple of weeks later, however, and reported loaning his campaign $30,000 and spending most of it. Roe has reported spending about $210,000 on the campaign with $512,220 still in the bank.