NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Polls closed Thursday night in a Tennessee primary that will decide a nine-way Republican battle in a reconfigured Nashville congressional district that the GOP hopes to flip. Democrats will choose a candidate for governor in what could be a historic attempt to topple the GOP incumbent.
Two of three Democratic candidates for governor would be the state’s first black Democratic candidate for that office; the third is a doctor running for political office for the first time, spurred by Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s hands-off response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee is running unopposed and would have a strong advantage in a general election in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2006.