|Haile wins close 18th Senate race|
|Thursday, August 2, 2012|
In the closest local race of the night, it appears that Ferrell Haile will squeak out the Republican nomination for the 18th Senate District.
With all 36 Sumer County precincts reporting, including early votes and mail-in ballots, Haile held on to a lead in Sumner County with 7,770 votes over Jeff Coker’s 6,608 votes. Tony Allers received 1,214 votes and Bock Ewell recieved279 votes .
The new 18th District also includes Trousdale County and a small portion of Davidson County. Coker’s camp reports winning both of those polls by around 100 votes combined, not enough to make up the difference in Sumner county.
Vote totals from the Tennessee Secretary of State website shows overall vote totals very similar with Haile getting 8,623 votes to Coker’s 7,525, Allers’ 1,368 and Elwell’s 367.
Haile, a retired pharmacist, previously held the Senate seat until a special election was held to fill the remaining term of former State Senator Diane Black who was elected to Congress two years ago. Haile did not seek the seat in that election which was won by Robertson County’s Kerry Roberts. The Republican-led redistricting process earlier this year separated Robertson and Sumner County leaving Roberts out of District 18 and unable to run for re-election.
Tennessee U.S. Senate
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Bob Corker easily captured the Republican nomination with a high majority of the vote. It appears he will face a Democratic challenger Mark E. Clayton in November.
By Randy Cline