Republicans held their ground in Williamson County in all races as Franklin businessman Bill Lee won the governor's race with 60 percent of the vote statewide, while U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R, prevailed (54.6 percent) over Democrat Phil Bredesen, a former two-term governor, for the U.S. Senate seat to replace Bob Corker.
State Sen. Mark Green won (66.8 percent) the U.S. House, 7th District seat against his Democratic opponent Justin Kanew, who drew just 33.9 percent of the vote in Williamson County.
Dean fell to Lee by a landslide margin Tuesday, garnering just 32.7 percent of the vote in Williamson County and 38.02 percent across the state.
GOP locks up state House and Senate seats
In local state House and Senate races, Republicans also secured their base by sweeping all seats for the GOP.
Republican Brandon Ogles, a Franklin businessman and Franklin High School graduate, came out on top with 65.4 percent (21,871 votes) of the vote, while opponent Democratic candidate Rebecca Purington, who served a 30-year career in the aerospace industry, garnered 34.51 percent (11,542) of the vote.
“I am grateful for the support and ready to get to work,” Ogles said. “I will continue forging relationships and strengthening my network to better serve the citizens of Williamson County. There is obviously a lot for me to learn as a freshman, and I am looking forward to the opportunity.”
Ogles attributes his win to hard work and strong support.
“I am proud to say that we ran a positive campaign and focused on the issues that matter to the people of Williamson County," he said.
Last week, Ogles’ campaign finance reports showed that Ogles accepted money from various Political Action Committees.
“I am not beholden to anyone and am completely unbridled,” Ogles said. “I will take PAC money and put it to good use in this community. I will support organizations that have a positive impact on our youth, children, and citizens in need.”
Ogles explained how he would lead as House representative.
“I will lead just like I ran, with hard work, perseverance, kindness, and tolerance. I will lean on my elders for advice, look to our youth for inspiration, and always listen to the concerns of our community.”
Purington said her love of community stands strong.
“This has been an amazing experience,” Purington said. “I look forward to trying to figure out how I can contribute to the community because I absolutely love this community.
“I’m not interested in going back into building out voice communications systems for the Airforce, or Navy or National Guard,” Purington continued. “I’m looking for new ways that I can apply those problem solving skills."
Incumbents Rep. Sam Whitson, 65th District, Rep. Glen Casada, 63rd District, and Sen. Jack Johnson, 23rd District, reigned over their Democratic opponents.
Franklin health care advocate Kristen Grimm, who said she will never forget her campaign experiences, fell to Johnson in the state Senate race.
However, she said she isn’t going anywhere.
“I congratulate Jack Johnson,” she said. “We have a strong two party system, and I am proud that Democrats showed up this election.
“I am just getting started.”
Grimm, who is a health care advocate and a passionate supporter of the expansion of Medicaid, said she will dedicate the rest of her days to secure health care for those suffering in Williamson County and Tennessee.
“I haven’t given up hope on the expansion of Medicaid,” Grimm said. “I will pick up where I left off and continue doing the things I have always done as an advocate.”
Democrat Bill Peach, who opposed Casada, said he is disappointed the Democrats as a whole didn't cover more ground in getting votes against Republicans.
“I thought we would do better,” Peach said. “The county is sort of 70/30, but I thought we would do much better statewide.
“It’s depressing because you would think Tennessee would be a more progressive state then it is. We’ve got a bad case of Donald Trump fever, and I don’t know how you get out of that."
Kanew, former contestant of The Amazing Race, said the Democratic Party will keep recruiting qualified candidates.
“I’ve put a lot of work into this, and this was never just about this election, it was always about a much longer term plan,” Kanew said.
“Tennessee has a lot of potential and we’re just going to keep fielding good candidates and working as hard as we can."
Blackburn to deliver
Blackburn held a victory celebration at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott, while Lee celebrated at The Factory at Franklin, both in their hometowns.
“You have sent a message that it is time to take Tennessee conservative values to Washington and keep our state and our country moving forward," Blackburn said. "It is such an honor to be the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee. I am going to work as hard for you as you have worked for me."
Blackburn said she will work on more constitutional federal judges and Supreme Court Justices, lower taxes, less regulation, protecting the right to life, defending the Second Amendment, providing for our troops and veterans, getting the federal budget under control and building the wall once and for all on the southern border.
"Thank you for believing in me and giving me this opportunity," she said. "This is very humbling, and I will not let you down.”
Austin Thompson contributed to this story.
Final voting results for Williamson County:
Bill Lee, 68,147
Karl Dean, 34,618
Marsha Blackburn, 61,999
Phil Bredesen, 42,578
U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District
Mark E. Green, 66,969
(All of 7th District: 169,781)
Justin Kanew, 34,833
(All of 7th District: 81,574)
State Senate, 23rd District
Jack Johnson, 68,075
Kristen Grimm, 33,680
State House, 61st District
Brandon Ogles, 21,871
Rebecca Purington, 11,542
State House, 63rd District
Glen Casada, 27,026
Bill Peach, 12,902
State House, 65th District
Sam Whitson, 19,707
Toby Shaffer, 9,134
City of Fairview Mayor
Mike Anderson, 875
John W. Blade, 1,781
Antwuane Scruggs, 293
City of Fairview Commissioner
Shannon L. Crutcher, 1,882
Wayne Hall, 1,024
Town of Nolensville Mayor
Jimmy Alexander, 2,537
Town of Nolensville Alderman
Derek Adams, 2,331
Steve Cody, 2,106
Tommy Dugger, 2,273
Dale F. Gustafson, 705
Town of Thompson’s Station Mayor
Corey Napier, 1,283
Mike Roberts, 1,271
Town of Thompson’s Station Alderman
Shaun Alexander, 1,499
Brandon Bell, 1,217
Trent Harris, 1,012
Steve Hockett, 893
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