- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Latest on Tennessee’s primary elections (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

Longtime state Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville has been defeated in the Republican primary by fair and carnival operator Mark Lovell by 37 percentage points.

Todd was twice filmed removing opponents’ campaign signs during the campaign. While he said he had permission from property owners to take the signs, Todd was jailed this week for failing to show up to speak to investigators.

Todd is a retired Memphis police officer who pleaded guilty after a 2011 arrest for drunken driving with a loaded handgun in his car.

Real estate agent Mary Williams said she voted for Lovell because of Todd’s actions with the signs. In Williams’ words: “I do not want somebody that thinks they’re above the law, that can go and do that kind of thing, representing me.”

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10 p.m.

David Kustoff has won the crowded Republican primary race for the 8th Congressional District seat in Tennessee.

Kustoff came out on top in a race that had 13 candidates all vying to replace incumbent Stephen Fincher. Fincher, a Republican from Frog Jump, announced earlier this year that he would retire.

Kustoff is a former U.S. attorney who oversaw most of the prosecutions in the Tennessee Waltz case, which snagged five former state lawmakers on bribery charges. He faces Democrat Rickey Hobson in the heavily Republican district.

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9:45 p.m.

Voters have decided to retain three Tennessee Supreme Court justices and seven appellate judges.

The Supreme Court justices retained Thursday are Jeffrey Bivens, Roger Page and Holly Kirby. All three were appointed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Court of Criminal Appeals judges Timothy Easter, Robert Montgomery Jr., Robert Holloway Jr. and J. Ross Dyer were also retained. Voters decided to keep Court of Appeals judges Kenny Armstrong, Brandon Gibson and Arnold Goldin.

Only one judge has ever been ousted in a retention vote in Tennessee, and that was former state Supreme Court Justice Penny White. White was targeted over an opinion that she supported that overturned a death penalty case.

There was no concerted effort this year to oust anyone from the bench.

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9 p.m.

Scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais has turned back his latest Republican primary challenge to win the nomination in Tennessee’s 4th District.

DesJarlais, a physician from Jasper, has survived despite a series of revelations that included affairs with patients, urging a mistress to seek an abortion and once holding 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.

This year, DesJarlais was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and the congressman hammered challenger Grant Starrett for being a California native and a “trust fund millionaire.”

Starrett had loaned his campaign nearly $900,000.

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8:25 p.m.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Diane Black has defeated former state Rep. Joe Carr to gain the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District.

The 6th District runs east from the Nashville suburbs to the Cumberland Plateau.

Black outspent Carr, but the challenger relied heavily on conservative talk radio to attack the incumbent as a member of the “establishment.”

Carr surprised many observers by coming within 9 percentage points of defeating U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a former governor and presidential candidate, in the 2014 Senate primary.

While Alexander largely ignored the Carr campaign during that nomination fight, Black went on the offensive against her challenger this year. Black campaign materials targeted Carr for living outside the district boundaries and for being a perennial candidate.

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8 p.m.

State Rep. Jeremy Durham, who suspended his re-election campaign following the release of a scathing state attorney general’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations, has lost the Republican primary in Williamson County to retired Army Col. Sam Whitson.

The attorney general’s report released over Durham’s legal objections last month included allegations that the two-term lawmaker had improper sexual interactions with 22 women at the legislative office complex. Durham has called most of the allegations false or taken out of context.

Whitson got his campaign started in January as the allegations of Durham’s improper behavior began to mount. Whitson said at the time that his campaign would be aimed at electing a representative with “character, courage and a total commitment to our county.”

Whitson faces Democrat Holly McCall in November.

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7:45 p.m.

U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Phil Roe have won their Republican primary contests.

Fleischmann defeated GOP challengers Allan Levene and Geoffrey Smith, while Roe beat Clint Tribble.

In early returns for more heavily contested congressional primaries, Rep. Diane Black was ahead of former state Rep. Joe Carr in the 6th District, while challenger Grant Starrett was narrowly ahead of Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District.

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7 p.m.

The polls have closed for Tennessee’s primary elections.

Turnout was light with no contested statewide candidates on the ballot and scorching temperatures baking most of the state.

A crowded field of candidates was vying for the Republican nomination in the state’s 8th Congressional District, where Rep. Steven Fincher is retiring after three terms.

Incumbent Reps. Diane Black of Gallatin and Scott DesJarlais of South Pittsburg also faced tough Republican primary challenges. GOP Reps. Chuck Fleishmann of Chattanooga and Phil Roe of Kingsport and Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis faced less active primary challengers.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville and Republican Reps. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. of Knoxville and Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood had no primary opponents.

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5 p.m.

Voting has been light amid the scorching heat in West Tennessee for the Republican primary to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Steve Fincher.

The candidates who have spent the heaviest on the race for the GOP nomination for the 8th District seat include radio station owner George Flinn, businessman Brad Greer, state Sen. Brian Kelsey, former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

In Fayette County on the outskirts of Memphis, former Kustoff’s bid resonated with retired commercial pilot Roy Neuhauser of Oakland because of role in prosecuting former Democratic state Sen. John Ford following the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz corruption sting in 2005.

Systems analyst Don Turner of Eads said he was persuaded by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee campaigning in support of Kustoff.

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2:30 p.m.

Rutherford County voter Steve Helton says he’s in favor of replacing incumbents this Election Day.

The 62-year-old who was casting his ballot in Christiana on Thursday said, “We need to get rid of every one of those bastards in Washington, D.C. They’ve got to go.”

Campaign workers are outnumbering voters at several polling locations in Rutherford County with light turnout despite sunny Election Day weather.

Helton, who owns his own transportation business, said he voted for Grant Starrett in the GOP primary in the 4th congressional district, hoping to oust incumbent Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Joseph Clara, a 47-year-old construction project manager, said he normally would have voted against the incumbent but voted for DesJarlais because Starrett is from California.

“He has no roots here,” Clara said.

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2 p.m.

Turnout is low in Rutherford County with campaign workers outnumbering voters at several polling locations despite sunny Election Day weather.

Several of those who did cast ballots Thursday said they were fed up with Washington, D.C., and were inclined to vote incumbents out of office.

Steve Helton, who owns his own transportation business, said he’d like to get rid of all incumbent members of Congress. The 62-year-old said he voted for Grant Starrett in the primary in the 4th Congressional District race because he hoped to see incumbent Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais defeated.

Joseph Clara, a 47-year-old construction project manager, said he would have voted against the incumbent but didn’t like Starrett because he is from California.

Clara voted for DesJarlais.

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