Huntsville, TN (2018-11-06) The red wave rolled through Scott County and Tennessee Tuesday night, as Republican party candidates for office were favored locally and statewide.
Tuesday night, Republican candidate Bill Lee resoundingly captured the most votes in Scott County in his bid for the office of Governor of Tennessee. In Scott County Lee outpolled former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, 4,472 to 961. Governor-elect Lee was elected to office with 60% of the vote, receiving 1,333,811 votes (59.59%) across the state. Dean tallied 862,324 votes (38.53%) in statewide polling. In addition to Lee and Dean, there were 26 Independent candidates seeking the Office of Governor.
In the hotly contest, sometimes downright mean spirited, race for U.S. Senate Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn outpolled former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to take the seat left vacant by Senator Bob Corker. Across the state, Blackburn earned 1,225,352 votes (55%) while Bredesen totaled 982,638 votes. In Scott County, Blackburn received 4,232, while Bredesen totaled 1,176.
In state district races, voters favored the Republican incumbents. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann easily won his bid for reelection. In Scott County Fleischmann received 4,217, while his Democratic challenger Danielle Mitchell earned 795. Across the district, Fleischman received 156,436 votes (63.7%), while Mitchell polled 84,633 (34.46%). Independent candidate Rick Tyler received 4,514 votes (2.18%). Fleischmann represents the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Hamilton, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Roane, Scott, and Union counties.
38th District State Representative Kelly T. Keisling also easily won reelection to his office. Across the district, Keisling garnered 81% of the vote, outpolling his Democratic challenger, Carol Abney, 15,255 (80.62%) to 3,666 (19.38%). In Scott County, Keisling received 4,328 votes compared to Abney’s 763. Keilsing represents the counties of Clay, Macon, Pickett, Scott, and a portion of Fentress County.