Incumbent Finney defeated in District 8

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Incumbent Sen. Raymond Finney has lost a close Republican primary to former state Rep. Doug Overbey.

With all precincts reporting Thursday night, Overbey had 10,138 votes, or 48 percent, to Finney's 9,988 votes, or 47 percent. Jim Bishop had 959, or 4 percent.

In another close race in Middle Tennessee, Sen. Rosalind Kurita had a slight lead over Clarksville attorney Tim Barnes in a Democratic primary.

In an unofficial tally with all precincts reporting, Kurita had 4,477 votes, or 50 percent, to Barnes' 4,458, or 49 percent.

The state Senate is closely divided, making each seat crucial. Republicans and Democrats each have 16 seats, with one independent. Sixteen seats are up for election this fall.

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

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