Election night GOP sweep locally

It was an Election Night Republican sweep Tuesday, Nov. 6, in races affecting Farragut and Hardin Valley citizens.

Former Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has been elected to fill the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 seat held for almost 30 years by retiring U.S. Rep John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. Burchett cruised past Democrat nominee Renee Hoyos (about 66 versus 33 percent, with roughly 261,000 votes cast).

Incumbent state Rep. Jason Zachary (R-District 14, which includes Farragut) easily defeated Democrat nominee Justin Davis (65.57 versus 34.43 percent, with 32,920 votes cast).

Incumbent state Sen. Dr. Richard Briggs (R-District 7, which includes Farragut) defeated Democrat nominee Jamie Ballinger (55.57 versus 44.43 percent, with 69,339 votes cast).

In Hardin Valley’s District 89, Republican Justin Lafferty soundly beat Democrat nominee Coleen Martinez (63.97 versus 36.03 percent, with 26,038 votes cast).

In what many pundits thought would be a tight race for U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-District 7) won decisively against former governor and Democrat Phil Bredesen (roughly 55 versus about 44 percent among almost 2.4 million votes cast statewide).

Bill Lee, Republican nominee for governor, also won decisively versus Karl Dean, Democrat nominee and former mayor of Nashville (getting roughly 60 percent of almost 2.4 million votes cast versus about 39 percent for Dean).

Look for a precinct breakdown of votes in Farragut, Hardin Valley and surrounding areas here at www.farragutpress.com