James Hale of DeKalb County won the Democratic nomination for State Representative of the 40th legislative district Thursday, narrowly defeating Jamie Winkler of Smith County in the state primary 3,286 to 3,229, a difference of 57 votes.
Hale will now take on Republican State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver in the November General Election.
It was no contest in DeKalb County with Hale beating Winkler 1,661 (86%) to 269 (13%). Hale carried all sixteen precincts as well as the early voting and absentees. Hale also defeated Winkler in Macon County 576 to 429. But in Smith County, Winkler won 2,531 to 1,049 for Hale.
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Representative Weaver, who was re-nominated in the Republican state primary without opposition Thursday, received 1,289 complimentary votes in DeKalb County. In Macon County, Weaver polled 2,780 votes and she received 2,309 votes in Smith County for a total of 6,378.
Meanwhile, Bill Haslam won the Republican nomination for Governor Thursday and he will face Democrat Mike Mcwherter in the November General Election.
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Haslam also won in DeKalb County with 629 votes. He carried eight precincts including Cherry Hill, Church of Christ Annex, Elementary School, Johnson's Chapel, Liberty, Middle School, Rock Castle, and Snow Hill. Haslam also carried the early voting/absentees.
Ron Ramsey came in second in DeKalb County with 470 votes. Ramsey carried Alexandria, Belk, Blue Springs, Courthouse, Dowelltown, Keltonburg, and Temperance Hall.
Zach Wamp had 390 votes in DeKalb County and carried one precinct, Edgar Evins State Park.
Joe Kirkpatrick had sixteen votes and Basil Marceaux, Sr. received fifteen votes
McWherter was unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Governor and he received 1,482 complimentary votes in DeKalb County.
Congressman Bart Gordon's successor will be either Republican Diane Black or Democrat Brett Carter.
Black and Carter won their respective primary races Thursday.
In DeKalb County, Republican voters preferred Lou Ann Zelenik, who received 490 votes followed by Diane Black with 382, Jim Tracy 352, and Dave Evans with 123. Kerry Roberts received 51 votes, Bruce McClellan 21, and Gary DeWitt Mann had 10 votes.
Meanwhile, DeKalb County Democrats gave Henry Clay Barry the nod with 446 votes followed by Brett Carter with 380 votes, and Ben Leming with 358 votes. Devora Butler had 68 votes and George Erdel 28.