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Incumbent Phil Roe win GOP primary in Tennessee's 1st Congressional District

GOP incumbents Roe, Fleischmann win US House primaries

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Republican incumbents Phil Roe and Chuck Fleischmann easily won their primaries on Thursday, as they seek a return to their U.S. House seats for another two years.

However, the primary races in the contests to fill three House seats left open by a retirement and two candidates seeking other jobs remained undecided Thursday evening as votes were being counted.

Roe, a Jonesborough Republican, is seeking his sixth term representing Tennessee's 1st Congressional District in the northeastern part of the state. Roe will take on physician Marty Olsen, the lone Democrat in the primary, in the general election Nov. 6.

Roe significantly outpaced three other Republicans in campaign contributions and was considered the overwhelming favorite to win the primary. Re-election committees for Congressmen Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise have given money to Roe's campaign.

Fleischmann is seeking his fifth term representing District 3, which winds its way from the Kentucky state line in northeast Tennessee to Chattanooga in the south. In November, the Ooltewah Republican will face Democrat Danielle Mitchell, a doctor from Hixson who ran unopposed in the primary.

Democrat Jim Cooper of Nashville ran unopposed in his primary. Three other incumbents, Republican David Kustoff in District 9, Republican Scott DesJarlais in District 4, and Democrat Steve Cohen in District 9, also are seeking a return to Washington.

Republican state Sen. Mark Green didn't have a primary foe in District 7, where the seat was left open by U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn. He will face an undetermined Democratic opponent in the general election.

The other two vacated seats are in District 2, where the GOP's John Duncan Jr. retired, and District 6, after Republican Diane Black decided to run for governor. 

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