Call in the First District House race-and a few election thoughts
| U.S. House District 1 GOP |
100% of 245 Precincts Reporting
|Richard S. Venable||16,049||22%|
|Richard S. Roberts||13,525||18%|
|Vance W. Cheek Jr.||3,330||4%|
|Peggy Parker Barnett||1,699||2%|
|Bill F. Breeding Jr.||816||1%|
None of the mainstream press has officially called this race yet, but The World is prepared to declare that David Davis has won an extremely narrow victory in the crowded field to replace the retiring Bill Jenkins. I don't think there is any question this race was going to be close. I was surprised that Richard Roberts did not fare better for the money he invested, and I am sorry Vance Cheek didn't do as well as I thought he might, as he did a lot of raw man-to-man campaigning. Nonetheless, I think David Davis will make a fine U.S. Congressman, and I will be proud to support him in November.
A number of congratulations are in order, not least of which is to Knox County Commissioner-elect Lumpy Lambert, who won a come-from-behind victory against Margaret Massey-Cox. I put in a call to personally congratulate Lumpy last night. I also personally congratulated my friend Stacey Campfield on his vast victory over the Establishment.
Obviously, to say that I am disappointed in the outcome of the Senate Primary would be an understatement-when I finally decided to call the race for Corker, I would have then proceeded to have several stiff drinks to dull the pain were it not for the fact that I was too tired and I needed to retire for the night. Unfortunately for those of us who are not presently running for office (though I hope to be one day very soon), our "ordinary" life goes on without interruption. There is little room in modern American life for an election to change the daily grind.
A lot of good people are going to turn their attention to helping Mr. Corker since he is now the Republican nominee. I believe he and the Haslams bought the nomination, and in addition to buying it, Mr. Corker proceeded to run advertisements on Statewide television that used statements that didn't just stretch the truth, they told outright lies. I have never supported any candidate that I did not believe acted in good faith, and I cannot start now-my conscience will not allow it.
I am a conservative, and hence a Republican. I have always voted Republican, and I can say honestly that I don't know what it feels like to vote for a Democrat-I've never done it, nor have I been in a position where I thought that I could. I will continue to vote Republican, but I will not support Bob Corker. That is going to put me on the outs with a lot of good people I suppose, but I must do the right thing. I am the Party's good servant-but God's first.
I will continue to remain involved.