Businessman Bill Lee stormed in from the outside to move past both former Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and US Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin) to win the open Republican gubernatorial primary on Thursday. Mr. Lee scored a 37-24-23-15% victory over Boyd, Black, and state House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville), respectively. Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean easily won the Democratic nomination, topping state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) with 75% of the vote. Mr. Lee is now favored to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam (R).
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