NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Incumbent Bob Corker has 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.
With 0.2 percent of precincts reporting, Corker had 47,292 votes, or 85 percent, compared with 2,754 for his nearest challenger Zach Poskevich, or 5 percent.
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.
The toughest primary contests for the U.S. House were waged in the districts of freshman Reps. Diane Black and Chuck Fleischmann.