Hagerty wins GOP nomination in Tennessee Senate race

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks at Nashville event on Dec. 3, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The AP has called the Republican U.S. Senate primary for former Ambassador Bill Hagerty over Vanderbilt surgeon Manny Sethi.

Hagerty posted early leads in most Tennessee counties, as his campaign’s barrage of negative ads about Sethi appeared to stymie the Vanderbilt surgeon’s momentum in the race.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee congratulated Hagerty on his win:

As a lifelong conservative, Bill Hagerty will be a strong voice for the people of Tennessee and an important ally to President Trump in the U.S. Senate. His background as a successful businessman and diplomat bring unique insight to how we solve our nation’s challenges. I look forward to another victory for him come November and working alongside him to continue Republicans’ record of achievement in the Senate.

34 Responses to Hagerty wins GOP nomination in Tennessee Senate race

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    What we want is electoral annihilation to teach wealthy No/Anemic Record Candidates that you can’t buy your way into high office by showing up and running as a campaign conservative. A win by a few points won’t do the trick.

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      MARLE says:

      So two people competed to be the “Best in Breed” Trump Lap Dog. Makes sense voters would choose the one hand-picked by the master he will have to serve. Where on earth is the surprise here? And I told you, Stuart, months ago to stop fretting. The best lap dog has won. Now his opponent will have to cancel his reservation at Obedience School.

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    Teddy says:

    So who do you vote for now?

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Of course, you simply show up in November and vote a straight Republican ticket. Today the results are in and the relatively conservative candidates who will be on the ballot have been chosen. Now it is our duty as citizens who want to keep this “. . .the land of the free and the home of the brave” to vote for them.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    Looks like Hagerty by a wide margin. Know you’re happy, Stuart. He is a shameless Trump sycophant and mostly unfit for office, but marginally better than the racist, elitist, Intellectually dishonest and totally unqualified Sethi.

    Your man in the First District is behind right now, Stuart. Guess they don’t care about meaningless ratings out there.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      You’re right about that Perry. Diana Harshbargar, No Record Candidate townie is winning. Three conservatives to choose from and they apparently are choosing a lady who spent about $1 million to self-fund and buy herself a House seat running on platitudes. East Tenn. Republicans have a reputation for being non-ideological, Republicans by historic accident, rather than the solid conservatives like we are here in the Mid State area.

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        MARLE says:

        Self-funded election money is No guarantee of victory. Ask the man who’s richer than god, Mr Bloomberg. You need to get off this, Stuart.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Come on MARLE! Noooo it’s no “guarantee” but when you are running in a sixteen candidate race in a notoriously non-ideological district where as little as 18% will win in this no runoff state it sure gives you a decided advantage. As Mrs. Harshbargar, wife of a felon who committed his crimes in a company of which she was a top executive, has apparently proven tonight.

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            Perry Aubric says:

            I have heard that Sethi spent most of his net worth on this race. Anyone know if that is so?

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            Perry Aubric says:

            Regardless of the merits of the candidates, or lack of them, something seems wrong with any candidate winning a congressional primary (and a sure win in November) with less than 20 percent of the vote and only about 20,000 votes. A good argument for a runoff system.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Last I heard he spent about $2 million in loans and grants to his campaign. An orthopedic surgeon with a wife who is an attorney, if so, somehow at the age of 42 I think he can make it back in a hurry.

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        Too bad they don’t have a runoff to settle this. Winning with less than 20% of the vote isn’t a convincing victory, IMO.

      • You can only win a federal office by self funding now. That is the formula

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    Lance Persson says:

    Goes to show how effective a lying PAC can be. Hagerty should be ashamed that a PAC supporting him would lie and deceive voters. To misinterpret a $50 donation years ago and then put out lies saying that Dr. Sethi supported Obama care was disgraceful. Bet Romney is happy. I’m sure not.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      No more disgraceful than Sethi running as this super-duper “CONSERVATIVE-OUTSIDER” having done nothing in his life for the conservative movement and being a long time hanger-on and schmoozer with all the biggity-bigs in the Republican Party. His campaign was a fraud, he is neither a conservative nor an “outsider,” and I want him to lose big!

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        MARLE says:

        You’re right Stuart…Sethi was a no-record, wanna-be lap dog and the master wanted a proven lap dog with credentials.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      I’m delighted! Tennesseans saw through that overly redundant ‘Romney’ association. If you were paying attention, there were many issues to cause doubt in Dr. M! So glad this drama is over! Now, soon-to-be Senator Hagerty will be at work to help President Trump and Senator Blackburn!

    • Lance, go back to the liquor cabinet and stay away from the keyboard. Call some of your hen friends to join you

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Not that it makes a heck of a lot of difference but James Mackler who so many of you leftists have been annoying us about while we conservatives have been trying to decide who will be our next U. S. Senator actually LOST in the Democratic Primary. No doubt some far left loony lady won which gives me no joy because eventually a lot of you more sane Democrats may be tempted to become Republicans, CENTRIST REPUBLICANS, the most pernicious breed of political activist of them all.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      I will never be a Republican, as I maintain too much self-respect and reverence for ethics, common decency, patriotism and compassion for humanity to stoop that low.

      Mackler’s loss to—once again—the first name on the ballot is further evidence, if it is needed, of the dismal and hopeless state of the Tennessee Democratic Party, the uselessness of the TNDP executive committee, and the total incompetence of the Chair of the TNDP (who tenaciously clings to the office, since she has never made so much money in her life and has a musician husband to support). They have not gotten a dime from me in years and will not until there is a thorough housecleaning there.

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    Eddie White says:

    Perry, you seem to have a pretty good handle on today’s Democratic Party in Tennessee. Hard to believe that a party that once dominated this state has fallen in such disarray. Your party needs to some serious soul searching. Meanwhile, back in the Republican primary, it shows which endorsements don’t matter in Tennessee ( Paul and Cruz) and which endorsement does matter, Trump. With a 90 percent approval rating among Tennessee Republicans, it is easy to see why the President’s endorsement matters.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Woo-hoo!! Tennesseans are smart voters and can’t be fooled by a fake conservative! Now, whoever that bunch is that brought this guy out for Senate and Bill Lee out for Governor needs to get a grip. I don’t know who the people are behind this ‘outsider’ nonsense, but I will be working on it!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Indeed, victory for two Chris Devaney created “outsider” political dilettantes within two elections would really have been unbearable. As it is, an 11+% spread is the wuppin’ I was looking for – congratulations to us both LeeAnn.

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    Gail McPeak says:

    Oh good! another candidate who ran on God, Guns and Trump. I feel so relieved . ……….

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    James White says:

    Well the good thing is Diana Harshbarger did NOT vote for an Article V Constitutional Convention, like the two loosers Hill and Crowe.
    GOOD NEWS !

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    Eddie White says:

    I don’t think Diana Harshbarger has ever voted on anything. But I wish her the best in Washington. I think she will be a solid conservative that supports the President. That would be the expectation of her constituents in upper East Tennessee.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      The only good thing about that First District race is that Diana is going to replace Phil Roe (Heritage-69%) who was simply terrible so she doesn’t have to be a conservative stalwart to be an improvement. There’s reason to hope.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Tennessee looses again, no surprise. These people are so happy that this current nonsense they call governing might continue for a time, at least in our state. The rest of the country that is paying attention and sees the demise of our country will dump trump and perhaps give them something to think about. TN will limp along and people will proudly wear those silly red hats with no masks and keep dying and wondering why? But hey, we still have a “conservative” government! The “conservatives” do nothing for the people but they have those Heritage numbers that matter so much.

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