|KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 2, 2018) — Republican Tim Burchett won the Republican primary tonight for the open congressional seat in Tennessee’s 2ndCongressional District.
Burchett faced off against six other candidates in a spirited campaign. With 94% of precincts reporting, AP declared Burchett the winner with 48.8% of the vote – a 13-point lead over the second-place finisher.
Tim Burchett is currently serving the last year of his two terms as Knox County mayor where he defeated a massive tax hike proposal, reined in spending, paid down $45 million in county debt, and is well-known for his attentive constituent service and his popular Twitter feed.
Burchett ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility, helping President Trump shake up Washington, and fighting to protect East Tennessee’s conservative values. The district is considered a safe Republican seat; President Trump won the district by 35.4 points.
“I am honored and humbled by tonight’s victory,” Mayor Burchett said. “The highlight of this campaign has been meeting and talking with the amazing people across Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District. I could not have won this race without the support of so many volunteers, friends, voters, and of course, my amazing wife and daughter.
“As mayor, I worked hard to stand by my promises – to oppose tax increases, save taxpayers money, create more jobs, and make sure every constituent is treated with respect – no matter the request. If I am fortunate to go to Congress, I will do the same thing for all of the 2ndDistrict.
“I only wish that my parents were alive today to share this day with me. Both my mom and dad served our country in World War II, and they taught me to always stand up for principle and always put family and community first. East Tennessee has always been my home, and its citizens are my family. I will never stop fighting for them.”
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