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Bill Hagerty wins Tennessee Republican primary for U.S. Senate

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty has won the Tennessee Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat behind the endorsement of President Donald Trump.
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2020 at 12:12 AM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty has won the Tennessee Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat behind the endorsement of President Donald Trump.

Hagerty overcame a challenge from trauma surgeon Manny Sethi to clinch his party’s nomination for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Republicans have held both Tennessee Senate seats since 1994. Hagerty will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the November election.

Manny Sethi tweeted Thursday night congratulating Hagerty on the win.

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