3 Races to Watch in Tennessee’s Primary


Voters in Tennessee will go to the polls on Thursday to pick which candidates they’d like to see face off in November. At least one incumbent could lose his seat and two others, including Sen. Lamar Alexander, have real races to contend with.

Why Thursday, when voting in the U.S. is traditionally held on Tuesdays? “It says in our constitution the first Thursday in August,” says Blake Fontenay, a spokesman for Tennessee’s secretary of state. “We don’t know why the founding fathers chose that particular day of the the week and we’re just trying to honor their wishes.”

Incumbent Republican Alexander spent the final days of his campaign wrapping up a 35-stop state tour, a last push in his bid for a third Senate term. Knocking out Alexander, a 78-year-old former two-term governor and presidential candidate, is the last best shot for a Tea Party upset in the Senate this…

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