House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Phil Roe (R-Johnson City) first came to Congress in 2008 by defeating one-term incumbent Rep. David Davis in that year’s Republican primary. Mr. Roe, then Mayor of Johnson City, upset the Congressman by 452 votes from just about 52,000 cast ballots. Now, turnabout is potentially on the horizon. Though Mr. Roe has easily defended himself against primary challenges in the past and never dropped below 76% of the general election vote since his original victory, he is drawing a GOP challenge from retired Army Sergeant Todd McKinley, who served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. McKinley is beginning with a bi-partisan theme, heavily concentrating on his military service and national security. Rep. Roe will begin as a prohibitive favorite to win both the primary and general elections.
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