Freshman Tennessee Representative David Kustoff (R-Germantown) is in a fight for re-nomination in this Thursday’s Republican primary. He again faces local physician and former Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn, who has the financial wherewithal to spend heavily on his political campaigns. In the 2016 open Republican primary that featured 13 candidates, Mr. Kustoff was nominated with only 27% of the vote topping Mr. Flinn’s 23%, which allowed him to finish second. Now, in his fourth run for a congressional seat, Mr. Flinn is forcing a re-match.
This weekend President Trump decided to involve himself in the race and endorsed Congressman Kustoff. This could have a significant effect on the western Tennessee district since the President captured 66% of the vote here in the 2016 general election. The 8th District primary will be one of the many interesting races on the Tennessee primary ballot come this Thursday.
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