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NASHVILLE — Tennessee voters go to the polls Thursday to decide the Republican and Democratic nominees for Congress and the state Legislature.

With the GOP holding wide majorities in both the congressional delegation and the Tennessee General Assembly, many of the most spirited primary contests are among Republican candidates.



Three-term U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher's decision to retire from his 8th Congressional District seat this spring set off a frenzy of activity to succeed him in the heavily Republican district ranging from suburban Memphis through rural northwestern Tennessee.

The most active candidates have been radio station owner George Flinn of Memphis, state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown, former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff of Germantown and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell of Memphis.

The race has also drawn spending from two outside groups: The American Conservative Union has spent about $130,000 to support Kelsey, while the Win for America PAC has spent about the same to oppose Flinn.

Flinn unsuccessfully ran for the 8th District nomination in 2010 and for several other offices since. He has mostly self-funded his bid with a $2.7 million loan to his campaign.



U.S. Reps. Scott DesJarlais and Diane Black are facing Republican primary challenges from candidates trying to position themselves to the right of the incumbents.

Former state Rep. Joe Carr has taken to conservative talk radio to denounce Black as being part of the establishment in the 6th District running northeast from the Nashville suburbs toward the Cumberland Plateau. Black has shot back that Carr doesn't live inside the district boundaries and that he has become a perennial candidate for any open public office.

DesJarlais has been considered vulnerable ever since it was revealed that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion and that he once held a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife's room. DesJarlais, who defeated a 2014 primary challenge by just 38 votes, has denounced this year's challenger, attorney Grant Starrett, as an out-of-state "trust fund millionaire." Starrett has loaned his campaign nearly $900,000.



Voters will have the choice to retain or replace three new Supreme Court justices — Jeff Bivins, Holly Kirby and Roger Page — and seven other appeals court judges. Only one justice has ever been unseated in a Tennessee retention election, and there has been no concerted effort this year to oust anyone from the bench.



Embattled state Rep. Jeremy Durham has suspended his campaign amid a flood of sexual harassment allegations outlined in a state attorney general's report, but he remains on the primary ballot. Legislative Republicans have begun to rally behind Durham opponent Sam Whitson, a retired Army colonel. The Williamson County seat is among 31 contested Republican races throughout the state. There are also 16 contested Democratic races.



There are seven contested Republican primaries in the upper chamber of the General Assembly and three contested Democratic primaries. Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey's retirement from his northeastern Tennessee seat means there will be at least one new senator this fall. The Republican candidates include state Rep. Jon Lundberg, former state Rep. Tony Shipley and former University of Tennessee football player Neal Kerney.

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