Months of bruising primary campaign activity has come to an end as voters across Tennessee went to the polls Thursday to decide the winners.
In the state legislature, House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart has lost her re-election bid in the District 45 primary to Courtney Rogers.
With 71% of precincts reporting early Thursday night, challenger Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers had more than 1,200 votes, or 58%, compared with incumbent Maggart's 880, or 42%.
Rogers, a retired Air Force officer, was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, which was outraged that Maggart didn't push through legislation to allow workers to store guns in vehicles parked on company lots regardless of their employers' wishes.
In its endorsement of Rogers, the NRA accused Maggart of "procedural maneuvering behind closed doors" to defeat the bill opposed by the business lobby.
Maggart's race was among two dozen challenges to GOP incumbents.
Black defeats Zelenik
In one of the most heated congressional primaries, freshman U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin defeated challenger Lou Ann Zelenik for the 6th District of Tennessee.
With 76% of precincts reporting, Black had 32,028 votes, 76%, to Zelenik's 14,773, or 32%.
The race was a rematch of the 2010 campaign that featured saturation attack ads on TV. There is no Democrat running in the general election.
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Corker defeated four challengers to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
The former Chattanooga mayor faced a much easier time in his re-election bid than he did when he ran in 2006. Then he had a tough primary against two former congressmen and narrowly defeated former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. in the even more bruising general election campaign.
Seven little-known Democrats were vying for the nomination to face Corker in the general election.
In the most recent financial disclosures, Corker had more than $6 million remaining, while no other challenger had more than $19,000.
Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.
Friday, May 24 2013 7:48 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:48:47 GMT
One person was killed in a car wreck on I-24 this morning in Rutherford County. The wreck occurred near mile marker 86 in the eastbound lanes, which is partially blocked according to the Tennessee DepartmentMore >>
One person was killed in a car wreck on I-24 this morning in Rutherford County.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:09:40 GMT
A Nashville couple was killed Thursday in a car wreck on Interstate 65 in Kentucky. The crash happened at mile marker 98 near Elizabethtown around 4 p.m. Police said Claire R. Kahane, 75, was drivingMore >>
Emergency responders in central Kentucky had cleared the scene of a crash that killed a Nashville woman when they found the body of her husband nearly 1,000 feet away.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:39:20 GMT
David Michael Matson
A National Weather Service employee who police said beat a puppy to death and killed another five or six dogs pleaded not guilty Friday to aggravated animal cruelty.Police said last November that DavidMore >>
A man who police said beat a puppy to death and killed another five or six animals pleaded not guilty Friday to aggravated animal cruelty.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:54 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:54:46 GMT
A driver that police said caused a crash that injured two high school cheerleaders is now facing charges. Roni Proctor, 26, of Cumberland Furnace, TN, has been charged with driving under the influenceMore >>
A driver that police said caused a crash that injured two high school cheerleaders is now facing charges.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>