It’s been a confusing day for some voters unaccustomed to choosing between Democrats and Republicans in county elections. In Nashville, Republicans are holding a rare judicial primary – the first since 1996.
Pat Cron is a lawyer who says he forgot that the Democratic primary in Nashville typically decides who will assume jobs like district attorney, county clerk and general sessions judge.
“I was a little befuddled going in and didn’t think about the fact that it’s a primary election, and so I mistakenly told them Republican up front. And there’s nobody to vote for if you vote in the Republican primary.” – Nashville voter Pat Cron
When he realized all the Republicans were uncontested – meaning they automatically advance to the August General Election – Cron requested a Democratic ballot.
Those GOP candidates for judge will have a tough time considering the city’s historical partisan leanings, but they are not random Republicans running for office. The state party has made a concerted effort to get more involved in local offices.
The GOP has also pushed this year for primaries in Maury, Rutherford, White and Coffee counties.