GOP Eyes Seats of Retiring Democrats

Nashville physician Steve Dickerson narrowly won a three-way race in the Republican primary to replace state Senator Joe Haynes, one of several Democrats who are retiring. He’ll face attorney Phillip North who won the Democratic primary.

With a spate of retirements this year, the minority party is concerned about protecting its shrinking turf in Tennessee. Voter Judy Sullivan lives near the Nashville Zoo in the district of outgoing Rep. Janis Sontany.

“This area has been pretty much Democrat, but you never know. The minute you let up and think you have one sold in, just think of all the surprises we had down at the plaza a couple of years back.”

Sullivan voted for Jason Powell who won the Democratic nomination.

A former Metro Councilman won the Democratic primary to replace Rep. Gary Moore. A geologist named Charles Williamson will be on the Republican side.

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