Pro-Life Candidates Sweep TN Primaries



Pro-life voters rewarded Right to Life candidates across the state on Thursday with meaningful victories for many legislators who have led the fight for life at the General Assembly and in Congress.  24 of 25 candidates endorsed by Tennessee Right to Life Political Action Committee won their races yesterday.

Winning primaries in contested state Senate races were Jim TracyJanice Bowling, and Mark Green.  In West Tennessee, Dolores Gresham fought off a spirited challenge and in Northeast Tennessee, state Rep. Jon Lundberg won the race to fill the open senate seat of retiring Ron Ramsey.

Winning primaries in contested state House races were John HolsclawGary HicksJeremy FaisonJerry SextonKelly KeislingCourtney RogersMike SparksCharles SargentJay ReedyTim WirgauCurtis Halford and Steve McManus. Endorsed candidate Ron Gant won his primary in Southwest Tennessee while Davette Blalock and Andy Cole won contested primaries and will take on pro-abortion incumbents in November. 

In contested primaries for Congressional seats, Phil RoeChuck Fleischmannand Diane Black each won their election overwhelmingly.  TRL-endorsed state Senator Brian Kelsey lost his bid to fill the West Tennessee seat of retiring pro-life Congressman Stephen Fincher as pro-life voters split among a large field of candidates.

Tennessee Right to Life thanks the donors and volunteers whose support and efforts help to continue electing pro-life super-majorities in our state.  We are also grateful to the pro-life women and men who offer themselves for public service.  Our focus now turns toward ensuring that every pro-life candidate wins in November.

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