Republican executive committee rejects challenge of Mannis’ primary win

The Tennessee Republican Party’s executive committee has voted 43-18 against a motion to remove Eddie Mannis as the Republican nominee in state House District 18.

Mannis won the primary by 99 votes over real estate agent Gina Oster, who challenged the outcome based on allegations of crossover voting by Democrats.

Mannis will face Democrat Virginia Couch in November.

Here’s a statement from Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini about the GOP proceedings:

Republicans are scrambling to find a candidate who can beat Virginia Couch and all they had to choose from is a political flip-flopper and a far right extremist, both are wrong for the district and neither of them are the candidate House District 18 needs, wants, or deserves.

20 Responses to Republican executive committee rejects challenge of Mannis’ primary win

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    Enforce the law. Simple. There is a law on the books that addresses the concerns. After that give it to the courts. They make the best laws.

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      Tab says:

      Which law on the books are you referring to, Phil. We don’t “register” by party in this State. Anyone can declare their party preference for any political party and vote in a primary. “Crossover” voting is perfectly legal. The Gen Assembly recently rejected an effort at requiring voter registration by declaring a party preference. The Exec Comm understood that, it seems. It has encouraged the GA to change the law; it chose not to.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Not quite Tab. If “crossover” voting were perfectly legal that would be regrettable but at least it would have the advantage of being clear and enforceable. No, in Tennessee with its simply terrible election laws there is language to the effect that in order to vote in a party’s primary you declare that you are going to support that party in the general election I believe. Of course, that is a murky criterion and totally unenforceable on the individual level. It does, however, give rise to challenges like the one Gina Oster just filed to the effect that individuals who are open and notorious Democrats voted in the Republican primary. Thus we have the worst of both worlds. A law that is almost impossible to enforce, but one that gives rise to challenges and ruction creating ill will all around.

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          Daniel Cutworth says:

          What if I told you it was actually Gina’s campaign that was contacting Democrat voters and encouraging them to vote?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I would say that the next thing you are going to tell us is that the mayhem and destruction caused by the leftist stormtroopers were actually organized by Trump

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            Missy S says:

            I would not be surprised. Her team were excellent ballot harvesters. They worked diligently to find over 100 “crossovers” to close the margin of victory. Trouble is their definition of Crossover ranged from voters who voted in four D primaries all the way over to voters who had voting in one R and one D. Since that effort was dubious, they then tried to claim that her opponent was placed on the ballot illegally. How would any of you like it if you went to vote, saw two names on the ballot, voted for one, and were then told your vote was overturned by the political party because they should not have put that name on the ballot to start with?

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            Daniel Cutworth says:

            Per an SEC member, “evidence” submitted to the SEC from Gina’s campaign included an excel document of the voters she contested were crossover dems. Problem with her argument though is that her own campaign forgot to delete notes from the document. It showed that the document was actually her campaign’s door-knocking list and had notes in a column indicating that her campaign had actually contacted these democrats and was trying to turn them out to vote.

            Please, just ask any SEC member to forward you the excel document and you can see it for yourself.

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    CollegeGrover says:

    Clearly Tennessee needs registration by party so this issue does not keep coming up over and over.
    The GOP didn’t do what the Democrats did years ago and give the election to the candidate with the FEWEST votes!

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    Great outcome.

    Bye Gina!

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    Leeann C says:

    Good! Now move on and get to work on winning November races.

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    Bob says:

    Mannis will be defeated and district 18 will go to the democrats. The Knox County Democratic Party set it up this way. The democrats sent in over 200 voters to defeat Oster so their democrat candidate Couch would not have a Republican running against her. Since the democrats were successful in this, look for them to do this more in the future.

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      Herbert Mark Rogers says:

      Bob, no doubt you are one more extremist who wants to drive out all the RINOs and science believers who threaten your cozy little part of the 17th century.

      Before the Ex Comm voted, the claim was that Democrats backed Mannis because he would be a more moderate legiator. Now it is that he will be easier to beat. I suggest you and your friends get your story straight.

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      LeeAnn C. says:

      And you can prove that?

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    Donna Locke says:

    I don’t know enough about these particular candidates to make an informed comment about them, but when you can have the chairman of your local Democratic Party voting in a Republican primary, as has happened in Maury County, anything goes, right?

    And when the GOP can come in and kick your incumbent Republican county mayor candidate to the curb and back their own candidate (Andy Ogles, who became mayor with 36% or 37% of the vote after living in Maury County for only a year or two and not even knowing much about the county), well, heck, anything goes and nothing means anything.

    Vote for sane independents.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Insanity is hard to diagnose from an election campaign and independents rarely garner even 5% in any election so that doesn’t seem like a very good plan. As an alternative, if you are a conservative in this two party system where the Republican Party is the party of the right, why not simply vote for the most PROVEN conservative candidate in every Republican primary and vote Republican in every general election. If you don’t know whether you are a conservative or a leftist why don’t you simply stay home and not vote until you find out.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    You know your state has some weird and outdated rules when voters in ALL 3 Parties complain about different rules and dubious vote outcomes by sometimes applying these vague rules & regulations. Have any of you tried voting twice? It seems to work across our Eastern border.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      Can you just imagine the right wing heads exploding if Barack Obama had urged his supporters to try and vote twice? These low-IQ Trump-supporting morons are the biggest damn idiots and unAmerican hypocrites imaginable.

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