Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:32 PM EST
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and ADRIAN SAINZ, AP
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First-time political candidate Diana Harshbarger has won the Republican primary in the race for Tennessee’s open 1st House District. The pharmacist from Kingsport secured her party’s nomination Thursday in a crowded field, which included longtime state Sen. Rusty Crowe and state Rep. Timothy Hill. Harshbarger poured nearly $1 million of her money into the campaign to outpace her opponents. She is vying to replace incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, who announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t pursue a sixth term. One Democrat is running in November, but the GOP primary is expected to decide the election. The last time a Democrat held the seat was during the Civil War.