- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In a story Aug. 12 about a special election for a House seat in Knox County, The Associated Press reported erroneously the impact of Karen Carson’s defeat on the governor’s proposal to extend health coverage to low-income residents. Her defeat means Republicans facing re-election are less likely to support the plan, not likely to support it.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Foe of Haslam’s Insure Tenn. plan wins special House vote

Foe of Haslam’s Insure Tenn. plan wins election to open House seat in race seen as bellwether

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An outspoken opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans has won a special election to fill an open state House seat.

Telecommunications broker Jason Zachary on Wednesday defeated school board member Karen Carson, a supporter of Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, in the Republican primary for the House District 14 seat representing part of Knox County.

No Democrat is running, so Zachary will succeed fellow Republican Ryan Haynes, a Haslam ally who was elected chairman of the state Republican Party.

The race was seen as a bellwether for any attempt to revive his Insure Tennessee proposal. A loss by Carson in the affluent section of the governor’s home town would appear to make future support for the plan less likely for Republicans facing re-election.

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