NASHVILLE — Republican Janice Bowling of Tullahoma easily cruised to victory in the 16th Senate District GOP primary Thursday while Democrat Jim Lewis of Kimball appears to have narrowly wrested a win in his five-man primary, unofficial election returns show.
The Tennessee Secretary of State website shows Bowling, who has run twice unsuccessfully for Congress, won her four-person contest with 8,159, or 60 percent, of the Republican primary’s total votes.
Lewis, a former state senator from Marion County, won 2,935, or 29.23 percent, of the total votes in the Democratic primary.
Former state senator Steve Roller of Smithville received 2,901 votes, or 28.8 percent, while Justin Walling, a one-time aide to former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, R-Tenn., got 2,877 votes, or 28.6 percent.
Final election results won’t become official until later this month. The district is comprised of Marion, Grundy, Sequatchie, Coffee, Franklin, Warren and Van Buren counties.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...