The Tennessee Republican Party has been trying to mend fences damaged in heated primary contests. But a unity event may not come in the 6th Congressional District, where candidate Lou Ann Zelenik has yet to concede.
The Tennessee GOP held rallies so the former gubernatorial candidates could endorse Bill Haslam. The same happened in the bitter 8th Congressional District race, where Stephen Fincher soundly beat out two doctors in a high-spending primary. And a unity rally is scheduled for tomorrow in Chattanooga to bring the party together around the 3rd District nominee. But party chairman Chris Devaney says nothing is planned for the 6th Congressional District, which Diane Black won by 300 votes.
“If we need to do something similar in the 6th District, we’re ready to do that. I don’t know if we’re going to need to, because at the end of the day our candidates understand what’s at stake for the country, what’s at stake for the state, and they’re going to get behind our nominee.”
Gathering Republicans in the 6th District for symbolic photo ops may be less important than other races. The GOP feels more confident in its chances there, whereas the 8th District race is considered a toss-up.