TENNESSEE: Diane “Porn Causes School Shootings” Black Loses GOP Gov Primary, House Seat Now Open

CNBC reports:

Rep. Diane Black lost the hotly contested Tennessee GOP gubernatorial primary on Thursday, making her the fifth House Republican this election cycle to lose a primary for statewide office. It’s a potentially ominous sign for Republicans as the party fights to hold its majority in Congress this fall.

Black, who had been considered the favorite in the race to be the GOP nominee in the Tennessee governor’s race, joins a chain of fellow Republican House incumbents in Trump states who lost primary bids for higher offices.

While Black’s bid fell short, Marsha Blackburn, her fellow Republican in Congress, did win her primary for statewide office. Blackburn easily won her party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate race. She will face Phil Bredesen, a moderate Democratic former governor, in her bid to become the state’s first female senator.

Roll Call reports:

President Donald Trump, who previously praised Rep. Diane Black, essentially cast her aside Friday after she lost a Republican gubernatorial primary in Tennessee.

Though the president never officially endorsed her, he did mention her — and not Bill Lee, the eventual victor — during a May 31 rally in Nashville. “She’s in a big race. Good luck, Diane,” he said.

Trump has also praised Black on Twitter for her work as House Budget chairwoman, calling her “highly respected” and saying she “did a GREAT job in passing Budget, setting up big Tax Cuts.”

The Tennessean reports:

John Rose won the Republican primary in his attempt to replace U.S. District 6 Rep. Diane Black, who will vacate the seat after launching a failed bid for governor. Rose, 51, of Cookeville totaled 43,313 votes and more than 41 percent overall according to the latest unofficial numbers available from the state to lead a field of five Republican candidates.

Rose is a first-time candidate who owns and operates a family farm in Smith and DeKalb counties. He’s also a former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and chairman of the Tennessee State Association Fair Board who supports the Second Amendment and is pro-life.