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GOP Nominee To Be Decided In Open Tennessee US House Race

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Posted at 5:41 AM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 06:41:04-04

A spirited campaign to become the GOP nominee for an open West Tennessee congressional seat draws to a close on Thursday.

Thirteen GOP candidates jumped into the 8th District race following the surprise announcement that U.S. Rep. Steve Fincher would vacate his heavily Republican seat after three terms.

The most active candidates to replace Fincher have been radiologist and radio station owner George Flinn; state Sen. Brian Kelsey; former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and businessman Brad Greer. All are from the Memphis area except for Greer, who is from Jackson.

In other congressional primaries, Rep. Diane Black is being challenged by former state Rep. Joe Carr in the 6th District, and Rep. Scott DesJarlais is up against attorney Grant Starrett in the 4th Disrict.