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Early voting begins in state primary

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The early voting period for the Tennessee state primary and county general elections begins Friday.

Among the key election battles is a Republican challenge to Lamar Alexander's bid for a third term in the U.S. Senate.

Alexander is looking to avoid upsets from a field of candidates, including state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro.

Another race to watch is the GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais hopes to defeat state Sen. Jim Tracy, who has outraised the incumbent. DesJarlais, who is seeking a third term, announced he was seeking treatment for cancer last week. He is expected to make a full recovery.

State Sen. Stacey Campfield is facing two Republican challengers for the District 7 seat.  Rival Richard Briggs has received an endorsement from former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.  Campfield, an outspoken member of the state legislature, drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans earlier this year after he compared Obamacare enrollees to victims of the Nazi Holocaust. 

In Memphis, state Sen. Ophelia Ford is facing challenges from three rivals in the District 29 Democratic primary.  According to The Commercial Appeal, Ford missed more than half of the floor sessions at the state Capitol during the latest legislative session.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says voters should expect long lines at the polls.

"Tennessee voters have made it clear that they enjoy the flexibility of early voting, and I encourage voters to take advantage of it," Hargett said.

Early voting ends Saturday, Aug. 2.

Click here to see the Davidson County sample ballot and election schedule.

Election day for the state primary and county general elections is Thursday, Aug. 7.  The state and federal general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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