Trump-Backed Candidate Wins Senate Primary

Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty won his primary, a contest that tested the power of President Trump’s endorsement.

Hagerty, Trump’s former ambassador to Japan, and main rival Manny Sethi tuned out the other 13 contenders and turned on one another during the closing weeks of their campaigns to replace retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander in the fall.

Hagerty, who earned Trump’s support a year ago and hosted two phone calls between the president and Tennessee voters, was the favorite. But polls leading up to their Thursday election had Sethi, an Indian American orthopedic trauma surgeon, gaining on his opponent. The insurgent movement triggered a slew of attacks at events and on the airwaves.

Hagerty accused Sethi of being a “phony conservative,” backing Trump when it is “convenient.” At the same time, he pushed for Trump policies such as stopping illegal immigration and confirming “constitutionalist” judges.

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