Eric Watson (R) -- 7,406
Jim Ruth (R) -- 5,025
Steve Crump (R) -- 8660
Stephen Hatchett (R) -- 2578
Terry Caywood (R) -- 1,477
Tom Collins (R) -- 751
Denis L. Collins (R) -- 468
Mike Hughes (R) -- 1,000
Louie Alford (R) -- 1,136
Thomas L. Crye (R) -- 855
John Burns (R) -- 623
Tammy Wingo-Salmond (R) -- 436
Johnny Mull (R) -- 886
Milan M. Blake (R) -- 761
*Jeff D. Morelock (D) -- 78
Howard Thompson (R) -- 1031
Charlotte Peak-Jones (R) -- 905
June Montgomery (R) -- 666
Carol “Peaches” Searles (R) -- 354
Bobby Goins (R) -- 474
Briant K. Berry (R) -- 207
Floyd Wade Jr. (R) -- 238
Jeff Yarber (R) -- 546
*Jack Burke Jr. (D) -- 55
Robert D. Rominger (R) -- 678
Daniel Rawls (R) -- 609
Melvin “Mel” Griffith (R) -- 601
John Cochran (R) -- 509
Tom D. Ledford (R) -- 308
Ronny E. Keller (R) -- 298
*E.J. Laughter (D) -- 95
William E. “Bill” Winters (R) -- 1187
Mark Hall (R) -- 987
*Pam Edgemon (D) -- 92
Note: All results are unofficial until certified by the Election Commission.
Residents of Bradley, McMinn, Polk and Monroe counties overwhelmingly voted for new leadership in the 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office, rejecting a protege of the current DA in favor of a private-practice attorney who campaigned on a platform of equal justice for all.
Steve Crump swept to a crushing victory over Stephen Hatchett in the Republican primary for district attorney. Results are unofficial until certified.
Also Tuesday, Bradley County voters decided to jettison incumbent Sheriff Jim Ruth. He faced a primary challenge by Eric Watson, who gave up his District 22 seat in the state House of Representatives to run for the seat.
No Democrat ran, so Watson will be sworn in Sept. 1.
The district attorney race could be seen as a referendum on a district that had been a center of controversy for more than two years. The state attorney general and comptroller's office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the disciplinary board for attorneys and the Tennessee House and Senate all investigated allegations of financial and prosecutorial misconduct.
Crump said Tuesday night he is "very, very pleased" with the vote.
"To receive the kind of mandate for change that we got tonight sets a high bar," Crump said. He said he will be meeting with DA office employees and the area's judges in coming weeks to prepare for the transition.
Crump complimented his opponent for running a "great campaign" and said he hopes Hatchett can help with issues in the office.
"He is a good man ... and I look forward to remaining his friend and us working together," he said.
Hatchett could not be reached for comment.
This was Crump's second try for the office. He was an assistant district attorney under former DA Jerry Estes and lost a hard-fought race in 2006 to Steve Bebb, a former Criminal Court judge.
Crump had led the contest from the start in fundraising over Hatchett, who was Bebb's chief assistant before leaving the office in January to campaign.
In the sheriff's race, Ruth was seeking a second term in office. Neither Ruth nor Watson could be reached for comment.
In other results, three Bradley County Commission two-seat district races were decided in the Republican primary, leaving four to be settled in the Aug. 7 general election.
Regardless of whether they will need to campaign against opponents in the general election, eight of the nine Bradley County commissioners who were seeking re-election were successful in their primary bids.
The 1st, 2nd, and 4th District races were Republican-only affairs that featured four candidates -- including one incumbent -- apiece.
In those races, incumbent Terry Caywood and Mike Hughes won the 1st District; Alford and Thomas Crye won the 2nd District; incumbent Charlotte Peak-Jones and Howard Thompson won the 4th District.
Incumbent Jeff Yarber and Bobby Goins won the Republican primary for the 5th District, beating out Briant K. Berry and Floyd Wade Jr.
In the 6th District, incumbents Dan Rawls and Robert Rominger won the Republican primary, defeating Mel Griffith, John Cochran, Ronny E. Keller and Tom D. Ledford.
Democrat candidates Jack Burke of the 5th District and E.J. Laughter of the 6th District faced no opposition in their primary.
The primary races for the 3rd and 7th districts, which each featured two Republicans and one Democrat, were automatic shoo-ins for the general election.
Republicans Milan M. Blake and Johnny Mull won the Republican primary for 3rd District seats, and incumbent Jeff Morelock took the Democratic primary.
Incumbents Bill Winters and Mark Hall, both incumbents, won the Republican primary for the 7th District, and Pam Edgemon won the Democratic nod.
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