|Unofficial election results|
|Thursday, August 2, 2012|
Lynn returns to State House
By JENNIFER HORTON
Former District 57 State Rep. Susan Lynn will return to that position after defeating the incumbent, Rep. Linda Elam in Thursday’s Republican Primary.
With all 23 precincts in the district reporting, Lynn won with 4,719 total votes, or 67.57 percent, while Elam finished with 2,259 votes, or 32.35 percent.
Of those totals, Lynn tabbed the most early votes with 1,886 and absentee ballots with 48. Elam had 879 early votes and 32 absentee ballots cast in her favor.All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the Wilson County Election Commission when the panel next meets.
There were 32 write-in votes cast in the Democratic Primary for District 57, but no candidates filed to run in that race meaning Lynn will not face any opposition in the Nov. 6 election.
She returns to the position she was first elected to in 2002 and served in until 2010. Lynn in 2009 announced her candidacy for the District 17 State Senate seat. Although she did not win that election, Lynn received 58 percent of the votes cast in the race from constituents she represented in District 57.
The race was mostly quiet, but in the past couple of weeks grew testy as Elam challenged Lynn to a debate but Lynn never responded. At issue was whether Lynn properly resided in District 57, but Lynn in her campaign announcement addressed that by noting she and her husband would establish their residence within the legal boundaries before the Nov. 6 General Election.
At the time of her announcement, Lynn said the new District 57 boundary bordered her back yard.
Elam, an attorney by trade, formerly served as Mayor of Mt. Juliet.
The new District 57 is contained entirely in Wilson County and runs north along the Cumberland River touching the borders of Trousdale and Smith Counties.
In the District 46 State House race, Republican incumbent Mark Pody did not face any opposition but received a total of 3,116 complementary votes.
Black doubles up Zelenik to win Wilson County
By PATRICK HALL
Unofficial results showed current 6th District U.S. Rep. Diane Black defeated challenger Lou Ann Zelenik handedly in Wilson County in the Republic Primary Thursday night.
Black won Wilson County with 66 percent of the vote, over twice as many as Zelenik, who moved to Mt. Juliet in order to run against Black after redistricting cut Rutherford County out of the 6th District.
In Wilson, Black received 6,997 votes to Zelenik’s 3,555 votes.
Black received more votes than Zelenik in all of the 19 counties of the district and Zelenik’s campaign conceded the race before 9 last night.
"Our overwhelming victory in this race is a lesson that you can prevail when you work hard, tell the truth and stay true to your principles, even in the face of lies and vicious personal attacks,” Black said in a statement released Thursday night.
The campaign was among the most heated in tone with negative ads run by both candidates. Black’s campaign distributed information about Zelenik’s failure to appear for a deposition in a court case recently, and Zelenik noted Black supported President Obama’s health care act despite her comments to the contrary.
In the Democratic Primary, no one submitted a petition to run for the 6th District U.S. House seat, but 61 write-in votes were recorded, meaning Black will not face any opposition in the Nov. 6 General Election.
Four votes give Payton unofficial win in LSSD board race
Wilson BOE incumbent Adkins loses to McNeese
By PATRICK HALL
Unofficial results show that two incumbents were defeated in races for Lebanon Special School District and Wilson County Schools Boards of Education with Johnie Payton edging out a victory over LSSD Board Chairman Steve Jones by only four votes in Thursday’s election.
One of those races could change, however, specifically the one between Payton and Jones as a number of provisional ballots were still to be recorded, said Phillip Warren, Wilson County administrator of elections. He added those vote totals would be known in the next days, possibly changing the outcome of the LSSD election.
In vote totals from last night, Payton was leading Jones by 1,468 to 1,464 votes. Payton received 49.97 percent of the vote to Jones’ 49.83 percent. There were six write-in votes.
Wilson County Board of Education Zone 1 Board Member Vikki Adkins was defeated by Wayne McNeese in another tight race with McNeese receiving 1,279 votes to Adkins’ 1,082.
Also, Zone 3 Board Member Don Weathers and Zone 5 Board Member Greg Lasater were unopposed. Weathers still received 2,274 votes and Lasater tallied 2,017 votes. There were 22 write-in votes in both races.
Corker versus Clayton in November
By JENNIFER HORTON
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Corker easily defeated his challengers in the Republican Primary Thursday night and will likely face Mark Clayton, the Democratic nominee.
In Wilson County, Corker, who is serving his first term in the U.S. Senate, won with 8,640 votes, or 82.19 percent. Included in that total were 3,673 early votes and 154 absentee ballots cast in his favor.
Clayton, the Democratic challenger, won his primary race in Wilson County with 424 votes, or 22.64 percent. He received 180 early votes and 16 people voted for him by absentee ballot.
The votes are unofficial until certified by the Wilson County Election Commission at its next meeting.
Statewide, with 2,032 precincts reporting out of 2,071 as of 10:15 last night, Corker had notched 236,235 votes, or 85.4 percent, while Clayton had 25,524 votes, or 28.8 percent.
Corker is from Chattanooga, and Clayton is from Nashville. The two will square off in the Nov. 6 General Election.
Unopposed Pratt receives 10,000+ votes
From Post staff reports
Wilson County Assessor of Property Jack Pratt was unopposed in the election and unofficial results showed he received 10,656 complementary votes.
There were 81 write-in votes but that didn’t even make up 1 percent of the votes cast in that race.