NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart lost her state House primary Thursday to a retired Air Force officer backed by the National Rifle Association.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting Thursday night, Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers had 3,392 votes, or 58 percent, compared with Maggart's 2,421 votes, or 42 percent.
In the two dozen races where GOP state lawmakers were facing challenges, at least four incumbents were defeated. Five incumbent lawmakers -- four Republicans and one Democrat -- were in races too close to call.
In another closely watched House race, former Rep. Susan Lynn of Lebanon defeated freshman Rep. Linda Elam of Mt. Juliet. Lynn gave up the seat two years ago to mount an unsuccessful challenge to state Sen. Mae Beavers.
Rep. Julia Hurley lost to Kent Calfee in the District 32 GOP primary. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Caffee had 4,609 votes, or 55 percent, to Hurley's 3,704, or 45 percent.
Other incumbents who fell in races with all precincts reporting were:
House incumbents in races too close to call were:
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