Incumbents, challengers in 3 local legislative primary contests enter final campaign stretch before election day

A voter leaves a polling site after casting a ballot Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Atlanta. Two Republicans faced off for a shot at replacing a retiring west Georgia congressman as runoff elections were held across the state Tuesday, as challengers also sought to oust several incumbent state lawmakers. Georgians returned to the polls in several races that required runoffs because no candidate won more than half the vote in the May 24 primaries.

Early voting

No statewide totals were posted on the Secretary of State's website for Friday or Saturday, but as of Thursday, 228,393 Tennesseans had case early or absentee ballots in the county general and state/federal primary elections. Hamilton County posted complete figures, including Friday and Saturday, of 11,509 early ballots cast. Those broke down into 6,606 Republican ballots, 4,787 Democratic ones and 116 general election contests such as school board or various judicial contests. Election Day is Thursday.

NASHVILLE - As early voting in Tennessee wrapped up on Saturday, candidates for the General Assembly are readying their final push for votes in Thursday's state party primary elections.

What that boils down for folks in Hamilton County is this:

If you live in one of two state House districts where incumbents face primary challengers, or in the Senate district where a three-way fight is underway for the Democratic nomination, expect more phone calls, door-knocks, mailers and radio ads.

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