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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (AP/WMOT)  --  Two scandal plagued Republican State Representatives have lost their seats to primary challengers.

Longtime state Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville lost his West Tennessee seat to carnival operator Mark Lovell by 37 percentage points.

Todd was twice filmed removing opponents' campaign signs during the campaign. A retired Memphis police officer, Todd was convicted in 2011 for drunken driving with a loaded handgun in his car.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  Two mid-state congressional incumbent Republicans have successfully fended off primary challenges from their political right.

Scandal plagued 4th district Rep. Scott DesJarlais defeated ultra-conservative challenger Grant Starret, winning by about a nine percent margin or some 4,000 votes.

DesJarlais, a South Pittsburg Physician, will now go on to face Democrat Steven Reynolds of Murfreesboro in November.

CHRISTIANA, Tenn. (AP) — Rutherford County voter Steve Helton says he's in favor of replacing incumbents this Election Day.

The 62-year-old who was casting his ballot in Christiana on Thursday said, "We need to get rid of every one of those bastards in Washington, D.C. They've got to go."

Campaign workers are outnumbering voters at several polling locations in Rutherford County with light turnout despite sunny Election Day weather.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A campaign season that has been marked by sexual harassment allegations, stolen yard signs and physical altercations between candidates draws to a close when the primary polls close on Thursday evening.

The state attorney general's release of a scathing report about sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Jeremy Durham caused the Franklin Republican to suspend his campaign — but not to drop out. Several top Republicans have swung their support behind challenger Sam Whitson.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say state Rep. Curry Todd has been arrested on a theft charge after he failed to respond to requests to be interviewed by sheriff's officials about accusations that he stole a rival's campaign signs.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Earle Farrell says Todd, a Republican from Collierville, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft under $500. Booking and lawyer information for Todd was not immediately available. A call to his legislative office in Nashville was not immediately returned.