Lamar Alexander Wins Tennessee Senate Primary

by Charlie Spiering 7 Aug 2014, 6:50 PM PDT

Incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has won his Tennessee GOP Senate primary race by a wide margin against Tea Party challenger Joe Carr.

The Associated Press called the race for Alexander with just over 20 percent of the vote in.

At the time of publication, Alexander showed 52 percent of the vote compared to Carr's 37.6 percent. Republican candidate George Flinn currently has 5.4 percent.
Alexander is running for his third term.

Carr’s campaign enjoyed a wave of interest especially after talk radio show host Laura Ingraham endorsed him - highlighting his anti-amnesty record.

Carr has spent most of his campaign pointing to Alexander’s support of the “Gang of Eight” Senate immigration bill, decrying it as amnesty and partially to blame for the border crisis currently taking place.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin also endorsed Carr on her Facebook page, calling him “the new voice Tennessee needs.”

“He’s stood up to those in his own party, fighting to enact some of the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country and working to make Tennessee the 4th most business friendly state in the nation,” she wrote.

A recent internal poll released by Alexander’s campaign showed that the incumbent senator had a 29 point lead heading into today’s polls.