Local 8 News Election Recap

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The biggest upset of the night occurred in Knox County where incumbent State Senator Stacey Campfield was defeated by Dr. Richard Briggs. For more on that race click the link to the right.

Dr. Briggs will face Cheri Siler in the November general election.

In Anderson County, Terry Frank has become the first female elected to the full term as mayor. She beat Jim Hackworth and Bradley Rickett.

As for sheriff, Paul White will keep his position, beating Anthony Lay.

Three Democratic state Supreme Court justices have withstood a conservative effort to oust them from the bench of Tennessee's highest court.

Justices Gary Wade, Cornelia Clark and Sharon Lee, each of whom was appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, had become the targets of some Republicans who wanted to shift the majority of the five-member court to the GOP.

Control of the Supreme Court has added significance in Tennessee, because it is the only state in the country where the high court names the attorney general.

Attorney General Bob Cooper's term ends on Aug. 31.

Republicans, who hold vast majorities in the Legislature, have criticized Cooper for refusing to join a multi-state lawsuit against President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam defeats several challengers in Republican primary.

Charles Brown, Dem, nominated Governor, Tennessee.

US Sen. Lamar Alexander fends off tea party challenge in Tennessee's Republican primary.

Phil Roe, GOP, nominated U.S. House, District 1, Tennessee.

Diane Black, GOP, nominated U.S. House, District 6, Tennessee.

Daniel Cramer, Dem, nominated U.S. House, District 7, Tennessee.

Stephen Fincher, GOP, nominated U.S. House, District 8, Tennessee.

Steve Cohen, Dem, nominated U.S. House, District 9, Tennessee.

Three State Supreme Court judges in Tennessee remain on bench with election wins.

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