'Get DC out of Tennessee,' says Republican congressional nominee Ogles

Flanked by family members, GOP congressional nominee Andy Ogles told supporters Thursday he's ready to "get DC out of Tennessee." (Photo: John Partipilo, Tennessee Lookout)

Supporters of Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles this past week celebrated winning Tennessee's Fifth Congressional District Republican primary in the Nashville area after a bruising, attack-filled campaign.

Once early votes started to come in, Ogles held a strong lead over former Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell and continued to lead throughout the night.

Ogles, former director of Americans for Prosperity - Tennessee, appealed to far-right conservatives with his avid support of former President Donald Trump and public declarations on unauthorized immigration and Second Amendment rights. He successfully painted Harwell, who placed second, as a career politician.

Around 10 p.m. Ogles stood in front of a crowded room at the Residence Inn Franklin Berry Farms. Surrounded by his wife and three children, Ogles announced he had won the Republican primary and planned to immediately continue his campaign to assure his win in the November general election.