The former mayor of Maury County won his bid for U.S. Congress by a wide margin Tuesday night, defeating State Senator Heidi Campbell (D-Nashville) in Tennessee’s newly-drawn 5th Congressional District.
Ogles’ race, which was called just after midnight on Wednesday morning, showed the first-time congressional candidate winning 55.9 percent of the vote, to Campbell’s 42.3 percent.
Ogles was expected to win and was bolstered by other politicians in the state.
Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) stumped for Ogles and others Tuesday after spending his weekend on the campaign trail across the country, campaigning for Republican U.S. Senate candidates.
“We’ve got a new Congressional District right here with Andy Ogles,” Hagerty said in a Twitter video. “I want you to get out and vote for all of our Republican candidates for Congress. Vote for Governor Bill Lee, and please, please, if you’re in Nashville, get out and vote for Michelle Foreman for State Representative.”
— Bill Hagerty (@BillHagertyTN) November 8, 2022
On the issue 0f Amendment One, which would amend the Tennessee Constitution to make it a “right to work” state, Tennesseans voted overwhelmingly in favor of the change.
At press time, 69.7 percent of Tennesseans had voted in favor of the amendment, while only 30.3 percent of the voting populace voted against the amendment. The former percentage represents 968,630 voters. The latter represents 421,924 voters.
“Right to work” laws ban unions from requiring non-union members from paying dues, and guarantee employees a choice on whether he or she would like to participate in union activity.
U.S. House Republicans in Tennessee kept their seats. No Democrats unseated Republicans at the federal level.
Rep. John Rose (R-TN-06) was one of the victorious incumbents.
“Serving the people of Tennessee in the United States Congress is the honor of a lifetime,” Rose said in a statement. “My family and I are thankful for the support our community has shown us through my campaign for re-election, and I am beyond grateful that the people of Tennessee’s Sixth District placed their confidence in me to continue fighting hard for our Tennessee conservative values in Washington.”
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