Tennessee primary to decide Alexander opponent, House seats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Voters decide Thursday which Democrat will have to face popular Republican incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander this fall, and whether freshmen incumbents at opposite corners of the state will be returning to Congress next January.

Former state Democratic Party Chairman Bob Tuke and former Knox County Clerk Mike Padgett have campaigned most actively for the Democratic Senate nomination -- though no Democrat has come close to Alexander's formidable fundraising totals.

Republican Rep. David Davis faces a stiff challenge from Johnson City Mayor Phil Roe in the solidly Republican 1st Congressional District.

Meanwhile Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen is trying to fend off attorney Nikki Tinker in the 9th District in Memphis. Cohen was elected in 2006 and is the first white member of Congress from Memphis in more than three decades. Tinker is black.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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