Super Tuesday Election Updates

By: Nick Bona, WVLT NEWSROOM Email
By: Nick Bona, WVLT NEWSROOM Email

The results of the Knox County primary are now official, and it is a certainty that you will see a lot of new faces on the next county commission.

Here are the winners:

Criminal Court Judge – Division 2 – Democrat
1. Ken Irvine – 27,903

Criminal Court Judge – Division 2 – Republican
1. Bob R. McGee - 34,051

Commissioner 1st District – Seat A – Democrat
1. Samuel P. McKenzie - 1,651

Commissioner 1st District – Seat A – Republican
1. Albert O. Baah – 593

Commissioner 2nd District – Seat B – Democrat
1. Amy Broyles – 2,337

Commissioner 2nd District – Seat B – Republican
1. Chuck Bolus – 1,643

Commissioner 4th District – Seat A – Democrat
1. Finbarr Saunders - 2,444

Commissioner 4th District – Seat A – Republican
1. Ruthie Stone Kuhlman – 2,501

Commissioner 4th District – B – Democrat
1. Steve Drevik – 3,391

Commissioner 4th District – B – Republican
1. Ed Shouse – 3,137

Commissioner 5th District – C – Republican
1. Richard M. Briggs – 3,929

Commissioner 6th District – A – Democrat
1. Kathy Bryant - 2,462

Commissioner 6th District – A – Republican
1. Brad Anders – 2,780

Commissioner 8th District – B – Republican
1. Dave C. Wright - 2,105

Commissioner 9th District – A – Democrat
1. C. Vernon Rose – 2,399

Commissioner 9th District – A – Republican
1. Mike Brown – 2,131

Assessor of Property – Democrat
1. Andrew E. Graybeal – 26,130

Assessor of Property – Republican
1. Phil Ballard – 22,084

County Trustee – Democrat
1. Robert Bratton – 24,947

County Trustee – Republican
1. Fred Sisk – 13,554

Sheriff – Democrat
1. Randy Tyree – 27,405

Sheriff – Republican
1. Jimmy “J.J.” Jones – 34,142

County Clerk – Democrat
1. Amy Henley Vandergriff – 17,453

County Clerk – Republican
1. Foster D. Arnett Jr. - 26,346

Register of Deeds – Democrat
1. Scott Emge – 25,996

Register of Deeds – Republican
1. Sherry Witt - 34,362

County Law Director – Republican
1. Bill Lockett 24,128

School Board – 2nd District
1. Indya Kincannon – 407

School Board – 3rd District
1. Cindy Buttry - 320

School Board – 5th District
1. Karen Carson – 273

School Board – 8th District
1. Bill Phillips – 119
10:28 PM:
Hawkins County residents have given the republican nomination for property tax assessor to Jack K. Price Jr. He just edged out Donald Cinnamon, 2,148 to 2,062. Kathy Cradic finished third with 1,371 votes and Jess Helton had 387.

-Charles Tipton has beat out Don Potts 2,531 to 1,252 to win the race for the republican nomination for Jefferson County Road Superintendent.

-In the race for the republican nomination for Property Tax Assessor, Chuck Jenkins won with 3,381 votes followed by Leo Bradshaw with 2,202 and Freddie McCrary with 387.

-In the race for the Republican nomination for 2nd district county commission seat B, Tony Arden won with 239 votes followed by Austin Shaver with 203 votes and Shirley Reno with 202.

-The race for the republican nomination for sheriff is over, and Ronald L. Seals has won it with 6,175 votes to Steve Layman’s 4,074 and Brad Lowe’s 811.
- Grainger County voters have overwhelmingly defeat a referendum to add a Wheel Tax. The vote was 1,400 in favor and 2518 against.
- The Grainger County/Bean Station Utility District referendum has failed with 193 votes for and 240 against.

- In the race for the republican nomination for McMinn County Assessor of Property, Don Cowart has won with 2,994 votes, followed by Jane Williams Glass with 1,724 and David Crews with 753.

- In Hamblen County, Donnie Seals has defeated Johnny M. Greene 852 votes to 196 in the race for the republican nomination for Road Commissioner of Districts 7 & 8.
- Hamblen County citizens have also votes yes on the Local Option Sales Tax Referendum, 6668 yes and 5759 no.

-The Roane County City of Kingston Annexation Referendum and City of Harriman Annexation Referendum have both been approved unanimously.

We will continue to bring you updates as they come in.

9:14 PM:
In East Tennessee, local results are just starting to roll in, but its still to early to make anything official.

8:46 PM:
The AP says it has surveyed the voters, and Hillary Rodham Clinton's strong showing in the polls is because a majority of the voters in the democratic primary were white and women.

Tennessee's democrats also said the New York senator had the best chance of winning the general election in November.

Once again, the exit polls have yet to indicate who will win the Republican primary.

8:35 PM:
Early returns show that John McCain is ahead in the Tennessee republican primary.

With three percent of our precincts reporting, McCain has nearly 36 percent of the vote, followed by Mitt Romney with 24 percent and Mike Huckabee with 21 percent.

8:29 PM:
CBS News is reporting that Hilary Clinton has won Tennessee by a landslide over Barack Obama.

The race on the Republican side is still too close to call.

8:18 PM:
Though polls were supposed to close about 15 minutes ago, Knox County still have its polls open because of long lines.

Blount County has also still not received any totals.

Nationally, Clinton, Obama, Romney, and McCain have already picked up primary states, though no word on Tennessee.

Keep checking back as the results should start rolling in very soon.

7:51 PM:
Knoxville police are responding to a shooting at the Arbor Place Apartments, within eyesight of Green Magnet School, a voting precinct in Knox County’s first district.

It happened around 7:30 PM and it is unclear what impact it will have on the last few minutes voting at Green.

7:24 PM:
Former Roane County Mayor Ken Yager plans to officially declare his candidacy for the 12th Senatorial District on Monday.

The 12th seat is made up Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane and Scott counties, and is currently held by out-going State Senator Tommy Kilby.

Yager, who will run as a republican, served as Roane County Executive/Mayor from 1982 through 2006.

He is currently the Dean of Dean of Business and Technology at Roane State Community College

6:15 PM:
Barack Obama has won Georgia, but the republican race remains too close to call.

Polls have already closed in Kentucky where several local and state wide primaries were held.

Already, there have been allegations of vote-buying.

6:57 PM:
We should start seeing presidential primary results out of Georgia very soon.

At the same time, reports out of West Tennessee are that with an hour of voting to go, at least one tornado has touched down north of Memphis.

That weather system is expected to move through East Tennessee later tonight.

6:03 PM:
It’s getting busier at precincts across East Tennessee as we sit about two hours out from the closing.

If you are headed to the Norwood Library voting location, you should know that we are getting calls into the newsroom about cars being towed from the old Kroger parking lot across the street.

The weather also remains very nice out, with temperatures around 68 degrees at our Papermill Drive headquarters in West Knoxville.

5:25 PM:
As a potentially severe band of storms works their way across the state, its worth noting Tennessee's place in presidential elections.

Believe it or not, when it comes to electing presidents, the Volunteer State is one of the best barometers in the nation.

A majority of Tennesseans have voted for the winning presidential candidate in every race since the 1960's.

According to AP, the last time we got it wrong was when we through out support behind Richard Nixon instead of John F. Kennedy back in 1960.

4:46 PM:
Things are starting to pick up at Bearden High School.

Volunteer TV’s Liz Tedone confirms that things are running smoothly at the West Knoxville voting location, but not necessarily quickly.

Poll workers say people are taking their time voting so that they can become acclimated or re-acclimated with the machines.

Paula Hearn, who recently moved to Tennessee, said she was a little intimated by the process.

“This is the first time I have voted in Tennessee and I thought it was a little more cumbersome because you have to sign papers and then go to another table,” she said. “Then somebody had to show me how to use the voting booth because it has probably been 15 years since I have voted this way.”

4:28 PM:
According to the Nashville bureau of the Associated Press, Tennesseans are casting their votes in droves after a flurry of visits by presidential candidates.

The AP reports that because the state moved its primary to Super Tuesday, Tennesseans actually have a bigger voice this year than in years past when it comes to picking presidential candidates.

Locally, poll workers expect another rush over the next hour and a half as people leave work and stop by their local precincts on the way home.

If you still want to head down to your local voting location, you have about three and a half hours to go.

Tennessee closes all its polls at the same time, 8:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM CST.

4:03 PM:
Volunteer TV News will run from 4:00 PM until 7:30 PM with complete coverage of the Super Tuesday primaries. You can watch the whole newscast live online at

3:11 PM:
The Associated Press has spent the day gathering the feelings of voters across the state of Tennessee.

Here is what Tennesseans are talking about in regards to presidential primary:

-"I guess I would like to see something fresh. On competence, I think (Clinton's) strong, I think she's got very good advisers. I hope (Obama) would pick up on some of that. But overall I appreciate the excitement of his candidacy and I hope it will bring in a lot of young voters and a lot of involvement." -- Tom Nenon, a 56-year-old administrator at the University of Memphis, who voted for Barack Obama because he feels the Illinois senator is more electable.

-"We didn't do the early voting because I wanted to see what came down the line, and I'm certainly not going to vote for McCain. That's it. I voted for Mitt (Romney) because I believe he thinks more like we do. We hope." -- Carlene Nilson, a retiree from Franklin, who considered voting for former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson before he dropped out of the race two weeks ago.

-"I thought the Clinton days were great, and I want them back. Obama might very well do a good job. But for me, he's too much of a wild card." -- Daniel Casey, a 51-year-old salesman in Nashville who voted for Clinton.

-"Oh, my goodness. There's just so much hatred, their blood just boils," -- Pat Mitchell Worley, a 36-year-old fundraiser for Art Memphis who voted for Obama, describing what she calls irrational opinions about Clinton held by some voters.

-"I think he says what he believes. He's committed to his principles. Even though he's moderate on some of the historically conservative issues, I think he appeals to a broader base and probably has the best chance to win in the general election." --Todd Carter, a 44-year-old banker from Franklin, on his vote for McCain.

-"I don't think Hillary is resilient enough to compete in what will be a vicious general election against the Republicans. I don't think she's presidential or strong enough to lead." -- Linda Ster, a 44-year-old Nashville social worker who voted for Obama at Belmont University, where one of the presidential debates will be held in October.

-"If he'd still been in, I think I would've been voting for him." -- David Nilson, a retiree from Franklin, referring to Thompson.

-"It's been a long time in coming. It was a tough decision because of the three candidates. I'm not completely satisfied with any of the three, so I picked McCain of the three." -- Tedd Hupp, a retiree from Franklin.

-"I want to see an election between McCain and Barack, not McCain and Hillary." -- Jim Smith, a 55-year-old salesman from Franklin and a Republican who voted for Obama in Tennessee's open primary.

-"He's a military man. We need someone to help us in that area." -- Bill Brown, a 69-year-old in Nashville who voted for McCain because he shares his values.

-"Health care is an issue everywhere. My job was laying off and the biggest problem with being laid off was no medical insurance." -- Linda Dowell, a 49-year-old social worker. She chose to vote for Obama over Clinton because of his health care proposal.

2:05 PM:
If you want proof that the Internet will play a huge roll in the 2008 presidential election, look no further than the University Center on UT’s campus.

Students have been showing up to the “UC” all day, casting votes in what is the first trip to the ballot box for many of them.

Many of the students said they have been following candidates in both parties pretty closely thanks to the Internet and social networking websites like Facebook and Myspace.

One student even said she decided which party to vote for after taking several political quiz’s online.

Some young voters were turned away when they tried to cast their votes, apparently unaware that they would have to vote at the precincts they were registered to.

Finally not all the people lingering around the “UC” were planning to vote.

A first year student said she was just waiting for the bus to arrive, so she could be whisked away to a movie theater to see the 3D Hannah Montana concert.

1:34 PM:
The Associated Press reports that as Tennesseans head to the polls, state officials continue to predict a record turnout.

According to AP, Tennessee’s presidential primary has drawn unusual attention from the candidates, thanks to wide-open races for both parties and the state's decision to move up its primary to Super Tuesday.

There have only been a few minor voting problems across the state so far.

On a slightly funny note, one precinct in Nashville had to move its polls from a library to a church next door because of sewer problems.

12:45 PM:
East Tennessee seniors typically turn out in large numbers on election days, and today appears to be no different.

Though it was an average stream of voters casting ballots this morning at the Martin Luther King Center in Alcoa, many of them were older members of the population.

The Blount County ballot lacks competitive local races, so the driving force in getting people to their polls has been the race for president.

For many seniors, the presidential primary is a chance to have their voice heard about a number of issues facing the elderly.

"Every time you turn around, there's somebody else wanting you to take out a different insurance for your medication,” said Barnie Harris who is most concerned about health care. “And I received a mess of bills this morning."

Other issues driving seniors to the polls include social security, the economy and the war.

12:22 PM:
Knox County's 4th commission district has not had a voice since October when a court decision threw out every commissioner appointed in January 2007 when the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld term limits.

Since then, the 19 member Knox County Commission has only been made up of 11.

Those eight appointed commissioners knew they'd have to run this year to keep their seats, but they didn't quite count on the public backlash over how they got their seats.

According to the court ruling back in October, it took private deals that violated Tennessee's open meetings law, to get them on commission.

Two of those tossed appointees, who are democrats that replaced their term-limited family members aren't running.

The other six former commissioners are running in the crowded field, which ironically could help them.

Because some races have so man candidates, and there will be no run-off elections, candidates do not need a majority of the votes to win their primary.

Instead they just need the most votes, something made a little easier if they have some name recognition.

For what its worth, some of the bigger money-raisers, and spenders during the primary have been those very candidates that were connected to last years commission appointments.

11:38 AM:
A handful of voters at Chilhowee Intermediate School had to vote on paper ballots this morning thanks to the untimely death of a voting machine around 8:30 AM.

Following its lead, each of the voting locations four booths began shutting down, and by 9:15 all the machines were down.

An election officer said the problems stemmed from a mechanical error, and required at least six people to wait in line for about 50 minutes, waiting to cast a vote.

Some in line left after telling poll workers they would be back later.

Others grabbed a #2 pencil and paper, and completed the process the old fashion way.

"When it died, they either got really more patient or they started writing in the ballots," said Angela Mobley, one of the county election officers.

Technicians worked on the problem, and finally breathed life back into the machines around 9:30 AM.

They have been working fine since then.

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  • by Chris Location: Dandridge, TN on Feb 5, 2008 at 09:08 PM
    This election is real easy to figure out: It will either be Ron Paul or the Democrat nominee as the next president. We will see how bad the republicans want to win in November.


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