GOP Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart among incumbent losers in Thursday legislative races

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart lost her state House primary Thursday to a retired Air Force officer backed by the National Rifle Association.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting Thursday night, Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers had 3,392 votes, or 58 percent, compared with Maggart's 2,421 votes, or 42 percent.

In the two dozen races where GOP state lawmakers were facing challenges, at least four incumbents were defeated. Five incumbent lawmakers -- four Republicans and one Democrat -- were in races too close to call.

In another closely watched House race, former Rep. Susan Lynn of Lebanon defeated freshman Rep. Linda Elam of Mt. Juliet. Lynn gave up the seat two years ago to mount an unsuccessful challenge to state Sen. Mae Beavers.

Rep. Julia Hurley lost to Kent Calfee in the District 32 GOP primary. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Caffee had 4,609 votes, or 55 percent, to Hurley's 3,704, or 45 percent.

Other incumbents who fell in races with all precincts reporting were:

-- Rep. Dale Ford in District 6. James Van Huss had 3,154 votes or 54 percent, to Ford's 2,703 or 46 percent.

-- Rep. Don Miller in District 10. Tilman Goins had 2,586 votes or 52 percent, to Miller's 2,358 or 48 percent.

House incumbents in races too close to call were:

-- Republican Tony Shipley, ahead by 11 votes over Ben Mallicote in District 2.

-- Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery, trailing Dale Carr by 78 votes in District 12.

-- Republican Vance Dennis, who had a five-vote lead over Shirley Curry in District 71.

-- Republican Jim Cobb, trailing Ron Travis by 105 votes in District 31.

-- Democrat Mary Pruitt, behind Harold Love by 41 votes in District 58.


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