Sheby County Mayor Lee Harris

Hi folks, live blogging the Shelby County Elections as well as the Tennessee primaries.

11 p.m.: This will wrap up my live blogging for the night. A few more key victories to note:

Tami Sawyer defeated David Goff in a landslide to win the District 7 Shelby County Commission race.

Raumesh Akbari defeated Justin Ford to win the District 29 State Senate seat.

Both incumbent U.S. Representatives David Kustoff (R) and Steve Cohen (D) won their respective primaries.

For complete results, including final vote tallies and graphic breakdowns of the results, visit:

https://electioncommission.shelbycountytn.gov/ElectionResults/

And check TSDMemphis.com tomorrow for complete coverage!

 


10 p.m.: After a delay in getting election results, multiple media outlets are reporting the following:

Lee Harris (D) defeats David Lenoir (R) for Shelby County Mayor.

Floyd Bonner (D) defeats  Dale Lane (R) for Shelby County Sheriff.

Bill Lee won the Republican nomination for Governor, defeating Randy Boyd, Diane Black and Beth Harwell. He will face Democrat Karl Dean, who defeated Craig Fitzhugh earlier in the evening.

Here’s the latest, via the Associated Press:

The Latest: Dean wins Tennessee Dem primary for governor 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the Tennessee primary election (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has won the Democratic primary in the open race for Tennessee governor.

Dean defeated state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh on Thursday in a race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Dean had a huge advantage in campaign cash, outspending Fitzhugh $4.4 million to $984,800. The race was mostly cordial.

Dean has run as a moderate who says he’ll work across the aisle.

Democrats have a tough path to statewide success in Tennessee, where they need to attract moderate Republicans and independents in a state that favored President Donald Trump by 26 percentage points in 2016.

Dean even quoted Ronald Reagan in a Democratic debate.

He faces the winner of a four-way GOP primary that cost more than $45 million.
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7:12 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn has won the Republican nomination in Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate race.

Blackburn easily advanced past minimal opposition in Thursday’s primary. She and

Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen have long looked past the primary to an expected general election matchup.

The race holds major implications for Democrats’ chances for overturning the 51-49 Republican Senate majority. Polls have shown a close contest for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

Blackburn could become the first female U.S. senator elected by Tennessee voters. She calls herself a “hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative” who would fight for President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Bredesen is running as an independent thinker who says he will work with Trump when his ideas make sense for Tennessee and oppose him when they don’t.
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7:10 p.m.

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has won the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate that Democrats see as critical to their hopes of taking control of the Senate.
Bredesen blew past nominal opposition in Thursday’s primary, as expected. He and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn have been eying a November head-to-head matchup for months.

The race holds major implications for Democrats’ chances for overturning the 51-49 Republican Senate majority. Polls have shown a close contest for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

Bredesen is running as an independent thinker who says he will work with President Donald Trump when his ideas make sense for Tennessee and oppose the president when they don’t.

Blackburn has billed herself as a “hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative” who would fight for Trump’s agenda in the Senate.