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Rare open congressional seat attracts 16 GOP hopefuls

Kimberlee Kruesi | Associated Press | July 23rd, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A rare opening for a U.S. House seat in northeastern Tennessee has attracted a wide swath of Republican candidates hoping to secure a district and region known for long-tenured representatives.

Republican voters during the Aug. 6 primary will choose from among 16 hopefuls looking to replace incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, who announced earlier this year that he wouldn't pursue a sixth term.

Roe, 74, is one of just eight people — all Republicans — to have represented the district in nearly 100 years. While Tennessee is known for long-serving members in most of its congressional seats, District 1 has the unique distinction of being home to two of Tennessee's longest-serving House members ever.

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