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Black, Lynn win on Election Day
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Diane Black and Susan Lynn scored big victories on Election Day Thursday.

Black won the United States House of Representatives 6thCongressional District Republican Primary by more than double the votes over challenger Lou Ann Zelenik. Black tallied 40,694 votes to Zelenik’s 18,543. Black had a 6,997 to 3,555 advantage in Wilson County.

“Tonight, the citizens of the 6th Congressional District sent a clear message that they are more than happy with the way they are being represented in Congress and I am honored to have their vote of confidence,” said Diane Black in a message on her website Thursday night. “I will continue to fight tooth and nail to change the direction of our great nation.”

Lynn also posted big numbers Thursday with 4,719 votes to former Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam’s 2,259 in the Tennessee House of Representatives 57th District Republican Primary. Elam was in her first term after winning in 2010, which led to her exit as Mayor. Lynn held the House of Representatives 57th District seat from 2002-2010.

“I have so many people to thank - I can’t tell you something like this is not accomplished alone,” said Lynn through an e-mail Friday morning to her supporters.” I have the most wonderful friends. I owe them a debt that I can never repay.”

Wayne McNeese narrowly unseated Vikki Adkins from Wilson County School Board Zone 1. McNeese had 1,279 votes to Adkins’ 1,082. Adkins had been on the School Board for four years. McNeese held that position from 2000-2008.

Bob Corker easily won the U.S. Senate Republican Primary with 85 percent of the vote. Mark Clayton led the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary with 30 percent of the vote. Corker and Clayton will face off in November.

All results are unofficial and will still need to be verified.