Congressional, legislative races the focus in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – With no statewide positions on the Tennessee primary ballot, much of the attention this election season has focused on congressional and state legislative races.

The open 8th Congressional District seat in western Tennessee attracted a baker’s dozen of candidates enter the fray for the Republican nomination, while incumbent 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 state General Assembly, all 99 House seats and 16 of 33 Senate seats up this year. Several GOP incumbents are facing tough challenges by candidates seeking to join the strong Republican majorities in both chambers.

Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin has suspended his campaign amid sexual harassment allegations.