Darryl Orr, Darren Jones, Mark Parks and Ty Jacobs, from left, gather poll items to load into a car Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Election Commission on Amnicola Highway.

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NASHVILLE — With no statewide positions on the Tennessee primary ballot on Thursday, much of the attention this election season has focused on congressional and state legislative races.

An open congressional seat in western Tennessee attracted a baker's dozen of candidates to enter the fray for the Republican nomination, while U.S. Reps. Scott DesJarlais and Diane Black are trying to fend off primary challenges from GOP candidates who are trying to position themselves to the right of the incumbents.

In the Tennessee General Assembly, all 99 House seats and 16 of 33 Senate seats up this year. Thirty-eight GOP incumbents are facing challenges by candidates seeking to join the strong Republican majorities in both chambers.

While state Rep. Jeremy Durham has suspended his campaign amid accusations of sexual harassment outlined in a state attorney general's report, the Franklin Republican remains on the ballot. Several Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, have made contributions to Durham's opponent Sam Whitson.

Voters will also decide whether to retain or replace three newly appointed state Supreme Court justices and seven appeals judges. Only one justice has ever been defeated in a Tennessee retention election. And unlike two years ago when Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey bankrolled an unsuccessful effort to oust three justices appointed by Democrats, there been no concerted effort this year to oust anyone from the bench.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Fincher's announcement this spring that he wouldn't seek re-election to his 8th District seat stretching from Memphis through rural northwestern Tennessee set off some of most spirited campaigning of the year.

The district is heavily Republican and is considered a safe GOP seat in November's general election. Of the 13 Republican candidates vying to succeed Fincher, five have raised significant amounts of money for their campaign. They are radiologist and radio station owner George Flinn; state Sen. Brian Kelsey; former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and businessman Brad Greer. From that group, all but Greer, who is from Jackson, are from the Memphis area.

In the 4th District, which runs southeast from the suburbs of Nashville to the outskirts of Chattanooga, DesJarlais is being challenged by Murfreesboro real estate attorney Grant Starrett.

DesJarlais, a physician from Jasper, has survived cancer and a series of revelations that included affairs with patients. He also urged a mistress to seek an abortion and once held a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife's room. He now opposes abortion rights.

DesJarlais, a perennial favorite among national pundits to be defeated in the primary, won the nomination in 2014 by just 38 votes. DesJarlais was an early supporter of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and the congressman has hammered Starrett for being a California native "trust fund millionaire."

Starrett has loaned his campaign nearly $900,000.

In the 6th District, which runs northeast from the Nashville suburbs to the Cumberland Plateau, Black is seeking to fend off the tea party-styled challenge of former state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro. Black has heavily outspent Carr, but the challenger has had relied heavily on conservative talk radio to attack the incumbent as a member of the "establishment."

Carr surprised many observers when he came within 9 percentage points of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a former governor and presidential candidate, in the 2014 Senate primary. But Alexander largely ignored the Carr campaign during that nomination fight, while Black has gone on the offensive against her challenger this year. Black campaign mailers have targeted Carr for living outside the district boundaries and for being a perennial candidate.

Where to vote in State Primary and Hamilton County General elections

Listed below are the locations of the polling places that will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today:


Shepherd Recreation Center

2124 E. Shepherd Road

Alton Park 1 & 2

The Bethlehem Center

200 W. 38th St.


Chattanooga Fire Station 10

910 Wisdom St.

Apison 1, 2 & 3

Apison Retreat Center

11206 Old E. Brainerd Road


Avondale Recreation Center

1305 Dodson Ave.

Bakewell 1 & 2

Rechoboth Baptist

12622 Dayton Pike


Meadowview Baptist

10715 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road

Bonny Oaks

Washington Hill Recreation

4628 Oakwood Drive


Brainerd Baptist Crossroads (BX)

4011 Austin St.

Brainerd Hills

Alahambra Shrine Temple

1000 Alhambra Drive


Carver Community Center

600 N. Orchard Knob Ave.

Collegedale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Collegedale City Hall

4910 Swinyar Drive

Concord 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Concord Baptist

7025 E. Brainerd Road

Courthouse 1 & 2

Chattanooga Urban League

730 E. M.L. King Blvd.


New Hope Baptist

3777 Wilcox Blvd.

Dallas 1 & 2

New Salem Baptist

9806 Dallas Hollow Road

Downtown 1 & 2

Boynton Terrace Senior Neighbor Center

957 Boynton Drive


The Gathering

4445 Hixson Pike, Hixson

East Brainerd 1 & 2

Covenant Presbyterian

8451 E. Brainerd Road

East Chattanooga 1 & 2

East Chattanooga Rec Center

2409 Dodson Ave.

East Lake

East Lake Recreation Center (Gym)

3601 Dodds Ave.

East Ridge 1

East Ridge City Hall (Gym)

1517 Tombras Ave.

East Ridge 2

The American Legion

3329 Ringgold Road

East Ridge 3

East Ridge City Hall, Senior Center (Gym side entrance)

1517 Tombras Ave.

East Ridge 4

East Ridge United Methodist

1601 Prater Road


Eastdale Recreation Center

1314 Moss St.

Eastgate 1 & 2

New Covenant Fellowship

1326 N. Moore Road

Eastside 1 & 2

McGilvray Gym

1800 Kirby Ave.


Bachman Community Center

2815 Anderson Pike

Falling Water

Falling Water Baptist

523 Roberts Mill Road

Flat Top Mountain

Volunteer Firehall

13331 Jones Gap Road


Middle Valley Church of God

1703 Thrasher Pike


Glenwood Recreation Center

2610 E. Third St.

Harrison 1, 2 & 6

Harrison Ruritan Club

5709 Tyner Lane

Harrison 3, 4 & 5

Bayside Baptist

6100 Highway 58

Hixson 1 & 2

Hixson First Baptist

5800 Grubb Road

Hixson 3

Burks United Methodist

6433 Hixson Pike

Kingspoint 1, 2 & 3

Oakwood Baptist (Gym)

4501 Bonny Oaks Drive

Lake Hills

Northminster Presbyterian

4791 Hal Drive


Lakesite City Hall

9201 Rocky Point Road

Lookout Mountain

Jane Harris Youth Building

301 N. Watauga Lane

Lookout Valley 1 & 2

John A. Patten Recreation Center

3202 Kellys Ferry Road

Lupton City

Lupton Drive Baptist

859 Lupton Drive


Volunteer Firehall No. 4

10916 Highway 58

Middle Valley 1 & 2

Middle Valley Baptist

7901 Middle Valley Road

Missionary Ridge

Missionary Ridge Neighborhood Association (Firehall)

36 Sheridan Ave.

Moccasin Bend

North Chattanooga Recreation Center

406 May St.

Mountain Creek 1, 2 & 3

Mountain Creek Church of Christ

985 Runyan Drive


Mowbray Volunteer Fire Department

1705 Mowbray Pike

Murray Hills 1 & 2

St Thaddaeus Episcopal

4300 Locksley Lane

North Chattanooga 1 & 2

Knights of Columbus

313 Sylvan St.

Northgate 1 & 2

Stuart Height Baptist Church. North Campus

1505 Cloverdale Drive

Northwoods 1 & 2

Calvary Baptist Church

5201 Dayton Blvd.

Ooltewah 1 & 2

Eastwood Church (Gym)

4300 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road

Ooltewah 3, 4, 5 & 6

Seventh-Day Adventist (Gym)

9209 Amos Road

Pleasant Grove 1 & 2

Pleasant Grove Baptist

7634 Gann Road

Red Bank 1

Disabled American Veterans

619 Memorial Drive

Red Bank 2

Red Bank Lion's Club

3704 Dayton Blvd.

Red Bank 3

Red Bank Cumberland Presb.

115 Morrison Springs Road

Ridgedale 1 & 2

Highland Park Community Center

1714 Duncan Ave.


Ridgeside City Poolhouse

300 Shepherd Ave.


Northside Presbyterian Church

923 Mississippi Ave.

Sale Creek

Sale Creek Lion's Club

15222 Coppinger Road

Signal Mountain 1 & 2

Signal Mountain Presbyterian

612 James Blvd.

Snowhill 1 & 2

Greenwood Baptist Church

8529 Snowhill Road

Soddy Daisy 1 & 4

Soddy Daisy Senior Citizen Center

190 Depot St.

Soddy Daisy 2 & 3

Daisy Church of God

9555 Dayton Pike

St Elmo 1 & 2

South Chatt. Recreation Center

1151 W. 40th St.

Stuart Heights

Rivermont Presbyterian

3319 Hixson Pike

Summit 1, 2, 3 & 4

Silverdale Cumberland Presbyterian

7407 Bonny Oaks Drive

Tyner 1 & 2

Tyner-East Brainerd Recreation (Gym)

6900 Ty-Hi Drive


Mtn. Creek Church of Christ

985 Runyan Drive


Walden Town Hall

1836 Taft Highway

Westview 1, 2 & 3

Christ United Methodist

8645 E. Brainerd Road

Woodmore 1 & 2

Brainerd Recreation Center

1010 N. Moore Road