Kustoff wins GOP nomination in open Tennessee U.S. House race

Frankie Giardino, 5, plays with a pom-pom as he awaits the arrival of his uncle David Kustoff at Marriott Memphis East on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The candidates who have spent the heaviest on the race for the GOP nomination for the 8th District seat include radio station owner George Flinn, businessman Brad Greer, state Sen. Brian Kelsey, former U.S. Attorney Kustoff and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. - Former U.S. attorney David Kustoff outpaced a crowded field of Republicans vying to be the party's nominee for an open west Tennessee congressional seat Thursday.

Meanwhile, incumbents Scott DesJarlais and Diane Black won the GOP nomination in the 4th and 6th districts, respectively. U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Phil Roe also won the Republican primaries in their congressional districts.

In the 9th District, Democrat U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen easily won his party's primary.

Kustoff beat radiologist and radio station owner George Flinn in the 8th District primary. In all, 13 GOP candidates jumped into the race after the surprise announcement that U.S. Rep. Steve Fincher would vacate his heavily Republican seat after three terms.

Other leading candidates who sought to replace Fincher included state Sen. Brian Kelsey, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and businessman Brad Greer.