- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on primary elections in the race for an empty Tennessee House seat (all times local):

9:25 p.m.

Republican school board member Kevin Vaughan and Democrat trial attorney Julie Byrd Ashworth will represent their parties in the June special election to fill a west Tennessee House seat vacated by a rookie lawmaker who resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.

Election records show Vaughan defeated Frank Uhlhorn, a homebuilder and former alderman, by 49 votes in Thursday’s GOP primary in the race for the empty seat in House District 95 in suburban Memphis, which includes the cities of Collierville and Germantown.

Records show the primary was marked by low turnout, with about 8.5 percent of about 51,000 voters casting ballots. Vaughan, a Collierville school board member, tallied 1,066 votes, compared with Uhlhorn’s 1,017 votes.

Ashworth, who ran unopposed, took the Democratic primary. They will take on Independent candidates Robert Schutt and Jim Tomasik in the June 15 general election.

They are aiming to replace Mark Lovell, who stepped down in February after allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a woman at a legislative event.

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10:30 a.m.

Voters are heading to the polls to choose a Republican and a Democrat who will vie for a Tennessee House seat left empty by a rookie lawmaker who resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.

Polls close at 7 p.m. Thursday in the primary elections in House District 95 in suburban Memphis, which includes the cities of Collierville and Germantown.

Seven Republicans are fighting for their party’s nomination in the special election to represent the solidly-GOP House district. One Democrat is running in that party’s primary, challenged only by write-in votes.

They are aiming to replace Mark Lovell, who stepped down in February after allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a woman at a legislative event.

The primary winners will face two Independent candidates in the June 15 general election.

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