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3 Things to Watch in Tennessee’s Thursday Primaries
Can a woman win a seven-way GOP primary in Knoxville area?

Ashley Nickloes is the only woman running in a seven-way GOP primary in Tennessee’s 2nd District. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tennessee has the honor of voting on a Thursday — yes, a Thursday. While most of the attention will be on the competitive Republican gubernatorial primary, there’s plenty of action on the GOP side at the congressional level, too.

Three House Republicans from the Volunteer State aren’t seeking re-election. Diane Black is running for governor, Marsha Blackburn is running for Senate and John J. Duncan Jr. is retiring. That’s made for a few crowded primaries among ambitious conservatives looking to take advantage of open-seat races. Meanwhile, a freshman in the delegation is being outspent more than 2-to-1 by his primary challenger.

Primary Threat Targets One of Two Jewish Republicans in the House
Tennessee‘s David Kustoff is being outspent more than 2-to-1

Tennessee Rep. David Kustoff, above, is facing a primary from perennial candidate George Flinn in the 8th District on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The next test of President Donald Trump’s endorsement power will come in Tennessee, where a little-known freshman — one of two Jewish Republicans in the House —  is being outspent more than 2-to-1 ahead of Thursday’s primary. 

Rep. David Kustoff earned the president’s backing in a tweet Friday — less than a week before the 8th District primary against perennial GOP candidate George Flinn, a radiologist and radio station owner who’s almost entirely self-funding his campaign. (A third candidate dropped out and endorsed Flinn, but her name will still appear on the primary ballot.)

New Member: Kustoff Nets Open Seat in Tennessee's 8th District
Succeeds retiring GOP Rep. Stephen Fincher

David Kustoff is the congressman-elect in Tennessee's 8th District. (Courtesy of the Kustoff campaign)

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff will succeed retiring Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher in Tennessee’s 8th District, The Associated Press projects.

Kustoff led Democratic challenger Rickey Hobson 65 percent to 27 percent with 6 percent of precincts reporting.