GALLATIN, Tennessee — By a large margin, Tennessee Republicans elected Bill Hagerty their nominee in Thursday’s GOP primary to compete against a Democrat in November’s general election.
Hagerty and Sethi competed against one another to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
As of press time Thursday night, Hagerty had 326,246 votes to opponent Manny Sethi’s 252,603 votes, a margin of 50 percent to 39 percent, according to the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. Thirteen other Republican candidates trailed behind the two men.
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03) flanked Hagerty as he delivered his victory speech at his campaign headquarters in Gallatin.
“I am looking forward to this fight, and there couldn’t be more at stake right now,” Hagerty said.
“We’ve got to stand up to the radicals in Washington that want to push us off a cliff into socialism. I look forward to fighting for the things that Tennessee values most.”
Hagerty said that, if elected, his top priorities include, among other things, confirming Constitutionalist judges, fighting for the Second Amendment, fighting for life, and standing up for law enforcement and the military.
Hagerty also said he wants to stand up to China.
“We all know that China unleashed this pandemic on the world. On our nation,” Hagerty said.
“We’ve had loved ones that have lost their lives. We have many more that have lost their jobs. The time has come to hold them to account. I look forward to doing just that. I know how to hit China where it hurts. I want to make ‘Made in the USA’ the theme of America again.”
Hagerty also said he and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone before Hagerty took to the stage to deliver his victory speech. As The Tennessee Star reported, Trump endorsed Hagerty’s candidacy several times.
Hagerty thanked his political team, his campaign volunteers, and his interns for helping him.
“They made over 2 million voter contacts,” Hagerty said.
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