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Tennessee Senate Candidates' Debate Finale 
 

Watch: Corker Says Blackburn Likely Six Points Behind Democrat in Tennessee Senate Race
 

Retiring Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker commented on the race to replace him, which is widely expected to be between Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Corker described Bredesen as a “friend” and said he would not campaign against him at a Christian Science Monitor event in Washington on Wednesday.

Cohen’s Car Stands Out
 

Young Republican Explores Primary vs. Scott DesJarlais

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais was an unlikely survivor in his 2014 Republican primary, but his next electoral challenge may already be on the horizon.  

Grant Starrett, a young aide on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is contacting donors in advance of a potential run in the 4th District, according to a GOP insider. DesJarlais was first elected in 2010 when he defeated Rep. Lincoln Davis, a Democrat, in the GOP wave. Accusations about DesJarlais having affairs with patients and encouraging a now ex-wife to have an abortion  surfaced prior to his 2012 re-election, which he won with 56 percent.  

With DesJarlais Up 35 Votes, What's Next in Tennessee Primary?

DesJarlais, right, is still awaiting votes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais held a 35-vote lead  over his GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, as of Friday afternoon, nearly 24 hours after polls closed in the 4th District.  

The vote tally fluctuated a bit Friday morning, but Republican operatives and election administrators pointed to close-of-business Monday as the next big ballot counting deadline.  

Tennessee Primary Results: Fleischmann Squeaks By; DesJarlais Race Still Close

DesJarlais faced a big challenge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 11:00 a.m. | It was a night of small margins in Tennessee Thursday with one House Republican narrowly defeating his primary challenger and another clinging to a 33-vote lead headed into Friday morning.  

The Associated Press called the race for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann with 98 percent of precincts reporting in Tennessee's 3rd District. Fleischmann garnered 50.8 percent of the vote against venture capitalist Weston Wamp, the son of former Rep. Zach Wamp.  

Tennessee GOP Primary Results: Lamar Alexander Wins

Alexander has served two terms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander likely secured his Senate seat for another term Thursday, handily winning the GOP primary in a safe Republican state.  

Alexander led state Rep. Joe Carr 52.4 percent to 37.4 percent, with 20 percent of precincts reporting when The Associated Press called the race.  

How Lamar Alexander Staved Off His Primary Challenger

Alexander faces a primary on Aug. 7. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conservatives have poured millions into primary challenges to senators this cycle, even in races where chances of success were slim.  

But Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has proved one of the greatest exceptions, and now he's poised to defeated state Rep. Joe Carr and several lesser-known challengers in the Aug. 7 GOP primary.  

Lamar Alexander Still Up Big in Internal Primary Poll

Alexander's internal polling shows him with a strong primary lead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A fresh poll conducted for Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign found he continues to hold a comfortable lead with just more than a week to go in the Tennessee Republican primary.  

Alexander took 53 percent in the poll, according to a memo the Alexander campaign provided at CQ Roll Call's request. State Rep. Joe Carr, Alexander's most prominent challenger, took 24 percent, followed by physician George Flinn with 5 percent. The four other candidates in the race took 1 percent or less. The poll was conducted by North Star Opinion Research, which surveyed 600 likely GOP primary voters July 27-29. Live interviewers conducted the surveys, and 30 percent of the interviews were with cell phone users.