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TN Presidential, U.S. Senate Results

By the Associated Press
Unofficial Tennessee election results:
2,059 of 2,072 precincts – 99 percent
x-Mitt Romney, GOP 1,450,595 – 59 percent
Barack Obama, Dem (i) 951,406 – 39 percent
Gary Johnson, Ind 18,506 – 1 percent
Virgil Goode, CST 7,278 – 0 percent
Jill Stein, Grn 6,443 – 0 percent
Rocky Anderson, Ind 2,617 – 0 percent
Merlin Miller, Ind 1,742 – 0 percent
U.S. Senate
2,059 of 2,072 precincts – 99 percent
x-Bob Corker, GOP (i) 1,494,230 – 65 percent
Mark Clayton, Dem 699,493 – 30 percent
Martin Pleasant, Grn 37,925 – 2 percent
Shaun Crowell, Ind 20,796 – 1 percent
Kermit Steck, CST 18,467 – 1 percent
Michel Long, Ind 8,028 – 0 percent
James Higdon, Ind 8,021 – 0 percent
Troy Scoggin, Ind 7,086 – 0 percent
David Gatchell, Ind 6,460 – 0 percent

DesJarlais Wins Re-election Along With Other Congress Incuments

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee Republican congressman won re-election on Tuesday overcoming revelations that he once had an affair with a patient and urged her to get an abortion.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Jasper physician before going to Congress, beat Democratic challenger Eric Stewart on Tuesday. With 76 percent of precincts reporting, DesJarlais had 111,988 votes, or 57 percent, compared with Stewart’s 83,835 votes, or 43 percent.
DesJarlais, who opposes abortion rights, largely withdrew from public sight a month ago after news accounts based on his 2001 divorce emerged. His campaign used a heavy rotation of TV ads to link Stewart to President Barack Obama, an unpopular figure in the conservative 4th District.
It’s the second time DesJarlais has overcome explosive allegations stemming from his divorce. During his first campaign in 2010, the Democratic incumbent ran ads based on court records that said DesJarlais repeatedly pulled the trigger of an unloaded gun outside his first wife’s bedroom door and another time held a gun in his mouth for three hours.

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On Certifying Primary Election Results

Problems with voting in the Aug. 2 primary elections, notably in Davidson County, have led to calls from Democrats for a delay in certifying the results while an investigation. State officials have responded, observes The City Paper, that counties, not the state, certify elections and all 95 counties have already certified their results.
In the face of repeated calls for intervention, Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office has maintained that stance, citing the time constraints presented by the upcoming general elections and arguing that the job of certifying elections is delegated to and better done by the county commissions.
“People don’t understand that the state division of elections has a staff of nine people, out of 95 counties that they’re trying to assist,” Hargett spokesman Blake Fontenay told The City Paper. “So, they can’t be everywhere, and they can’t be the primary point of contact in trying to resolve issues that come up in elections. It’s number one, not their job, and two, not physically possible with the manpower they have.”
Asked if that fact leaves the door open for errors, or worse, in the electoral process, Fontenay argues that the door is supposed to be manned by the county commissions.
“Well, I think the safeguard is supposed to come at the county level,” he said. “That’s where it’s hoped that these kinds of issues would be picked up, and as we’ve said pretty consistently, they are the responsibility of the county election commissions.”
But officials at the county level assert that’s not entirely their responsibility either. Like the state, they cited time constraints and parsed the burden of ensuring fair elections.
State law requires the county commission to “meet no later than the third Monday after the election to certify the results.” After that, there is a five-day period during which candidates can challenge the results. By the fourth Thursday after a primary election, the state Coordinator of Elections — currently Mark Goins — must declare the nominees.

A Roundup of Some Reports on Legislative Races

Kyle, DeBerry, Hardaway Win Democratic Shelby Battles
Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis defeated fellow Democratic Sen. Beverly Marrero in a closely watched race Thursday after the two were placed in the same district in this year’s legislative remapping…And in Memphis’ two state House races where four incumbent Democrats were paired off against each other, Rep. John DeBerry defeated Rep. Jeanne Richardson and financial consultant Ian Randolph in House District 90, while Rep. G.A. Hardaway ended Rep. Mike Kernell’s 38-year tenure in the legislature in their District 93 race. HERE.
Cobb Loses in Squeaker
In a lively Republican primary for the House District 31, Ron Travis, a Dayton businessman, beat Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, in the recently redrawn district that cut out Hamilton County, and now includes Rhea, Sequatchie, Bledsoe and part of Roane counties. Travis, 57, squeaked out a win, pulling 51 percent of the vote to Cobb’s 49 percent, but he lost in his home county of Rhea. HERE.
Hill Tops in House District 3
Blountville businessman Timothy Hill’s second attempt at winning Tennessee’s 3rd House District GOP primary was successful Thursday. Hill defeated former Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons and Bluff City Republicans Karen Greene Morrell and Thomas White. Hill garnered 2,851 votes compared to 1,544 for Parsons, 876 for Morrell, and 85 for White. In forums across the district, Hill insisted he was the conservative choice in the race. HERE.
Van Huss Unseats Ford
Republican newcomer Micah Van Huss entered the political arena for the first time Thursday and promptly knocked incumbent state Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, out of the running for a chance at a fourth term. Van Huss will now face Democrat Michael Clark in the Nov. 6 election for the right to serve in Nashville as the 6th District House representative. Van Huss garnered 3,150 votes (53.8 percent) to Ford’s 2,699 (46.1 percent). HERE.
Calfee Beats Hurley
Challenger Kent Calfee beat incumbent Julia Hurley in Thursday’s Republican primary for the 32nd state House District. In November, Calfee will face Democrat Jack McNew for the seat. He held 59 percent of the vote over Hurley in unofficial returns late Thursday from the Roane County Election Commission. A grassroots campaign aided his win, according to Calfee. “The word-of-mouth thing,” the former Roane County commissioner said. “People would ask their friends about me and they know me and they knew I’d do a good job.” HERE.
Hensley Wins Senate GOP Nod
State Rep. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald clinched the Republican Primary race for State Senate District 28 Thursday, earning 12,586 — 76 percent — of the votes from the six-county district, according to preliminary state election data. Hensley will now go on to face Democratic candidate Ty Cobb — a Columbia firefighter and former member of the state House of Representatives — for the seat, which represents Maury, Giles, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry and Wayne counties. HERE.
Favors Favored Over Brown
One thing is certain after Thursday night’s election — Rep. Tommie Brown won’t be returning to the state House in January. JoAnne Favors carried Thursday night’s election with 72.2 percent of the vote in a newly drawn district that pitted two black Democratic stalwarts against one another in a bruising primary. HERE.

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State Senate Contested GOP Primary Totals

State Senate contested race totals, via AP:
District 2
56 of 56 precincts – 100 percent
x-Doug Overbey (i) 11,328 – 61 percent
Scott Hughes 7,258 – 39 percent
District 8
86 of 86 precincts – 100 percent
x-Frank Niceley 7,020 – 45 percent
Cynthia Jackson 5,430 – 34 percent
Jeffrey Brantley 1,816 – 12 percent
Hobart Rice 1,483 – 9 percent

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Final Unofficial Results from Tennessee’s Super Tuesday

From Division of Elections website:
Republican presiential preference primary:
Michele Bachmann 1,874
Newt Gingrich 132,017
Jon Huntsman 1,219
Gary Johnson 564
Ron Paul 49,740
Rick Perry 1,938
Charles “Buddy” Roemer 876
Mitt Romney 153,372
Rick Santorum 204,333
Democratic presidential primary:
Barack Obama 78,979
Note: County-by-county returns are HERE.