Republican Diane Harshbarger won the only open U.S. House seat in Tennessee, while incumbents held onto the the state’s remaining eight congressional seats.
Congressional District 1
Harshbarger, the first-time political candidate, defeated Democratic candidate Blair Walsingham in Congressional District 1 that has been represented by Republicans since the Civil War. Harshbarger’s win marks the first time a woman has secured the congressional seat in a regular election.
Harshbarger, a pharmacist, will replace outgoing U.S. House Rep. Phil Roe, who announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek a seventh term. District 1 covers the counties in Northeast Tennessee.
Congressional District 2
Incumbent Tim Burchett easily won the race for the U.S. House. Burchett defeated Renee Hoyos 68% to 31%. District 2 covers a wide swath of East Tennessee including Blount, Claiborne, Grainger, Knox, Loudon and parts of Claiborne and Jefferson Counties.
Congressional District 3
Chuck Fleischmann is headed back to D.C. Fleischmann held his seat 67% against Meg Gorman’s 30%.