Murfreesboro businessman Shane Reeves easily defeated former State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) in the 14th State Senate District Republican special primary election on Thursday by almost a two to one margin.
The final tally was 4,720 votes for Reeves to 2,556 votes for Carr, a 65 percent to 35 percent victory for Reeves.
As was anticipated, the overall turnout of 7,276 voters in the Republican primary was low.
Carr conceded and congratulated Reeves at about 8:55 p.m., a little less than two hours after the polls closed at 7:00 pm.
Reeves now faces Gayle Jordan in the March 13 special general election. Jordan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, where she received 574 votes. Reeves is heavily favored to win the general election in this traditionally Republican district.
Reeves’ victory was comprehensive and across the board, as he won all five counties in the district:
In Bedford County, Reeves won 1,107 votes to Carr’s 405 votes, a 73 percent to 27 percent margin.
In Lincoln County, Reeves won 696 votes to Carr’s 506 votes, a 58 percent to 42 percent margin.
In Marshall County, Reeves won 606 votes to Carr’s 401 votes, a 60 percent to 40 percent margin.
In Moore County, Reeves won narrowly, with 156 votes to Carr’s 145 votes, a 52 percent to 48 percent margin.
In Rutherford County, home to both candidates, Reeves won 2,155 votes to 1,099 votes, a 66 percent to 34 percent margin.
Reeves’ large margin of victory was surprising in this hard fought battle where the two rivals traded barbs back and forth repeatedly. One factor in that margin may have been spending–Reeves outspent Carr by more than two to one. In the end, however, the voters chose Reeves in fairly emphatic fashion.
Congratulations from across the Republican spectrum poured in to Reeves as soon as his victory was confirmed.
“I congratulate Shane Reeves on his hard-fought, well-deserved victory in Senate District 14 tonight,” Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) said in a statement shortly after the results were reported.
“A true man of faith and conservative principles, Shane has the experience, talent and ability to be a great state Senator. I look forward to him defeating his Democratic opponent in March and joining us in the Senate as we continue to make Tennessee the greatest state in the nation to live, work and raise a family,” McNally added.
An enthusiastic crowd of about 75 Reeves supporters gathered at The Parthenon Grille in Murfreesboro to celebrate their candidate’s victory.
He thanked his friends, family, business colleagues, supporters, and campaign team, including Matt Herriman, campaign manager.
“We had a massive team, just a massive team over the last few weeks,” Reeves noted.
“I want to thank my old friends, and I want to thank my new friends,” he continued.
“We did it! We did it!” he shouted to loud applause from the audience.
“Starting next week we’re going to get back and focus on the general race on March 13,” he added, before he concluded with the theme of the night: “Let’s party!”
You can listen to Shane Reeves’ speech here, beginning at the 20 second mark:
Shane Reeves’ father, Richard Reeves, the founder of the Reeves-Sain Drug Stores that formed the basis of the current health care company operated by his son Shane, had words of praise for the candidate who his son defeated.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Joe Carr. He is a great American. He is a person that is very conservative and I have high regards for him, I wish him the best,” Richard Reeves said.
“Shane looks like is going to win this race tonight, and I’ld ask the people in Rutherford and the surrounding counties to support him in March,” Richard Reeves concluded.
You can listen to Richard Reeves’ comments here:
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