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Duncan, Campfield victorious

U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. speaks to a happy throng of Knox County GOP supporters outside Crowne Plaza hotel. In the middle (red tie) is Bob Griffitts, Duncan’s chief of staff.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. (2nd District winner with 81 percent of the vote) underlined just how well things were going to a packed room of Knox County Republican Party brass and supporters at GOP headquarters in Crowe Plaza hotel downtown.

“I’ve been involved in politics since I was a small boy, but I have never seen an election where so many things are going our way,” the Farragut resident said about huge Republican gains locally and nationally about 20 minutes after Tennessee polls closed.

Among GOP victims was a Farragut-area upstart politician, with Oak Ridge National Laboratory credentials, swept up in a Republican wave and beaten by a fellow West Knox candidate.

Democrat Randy Walker’s bid to fill the open District 7 state Senate seat failed, as Election Day returns Nov. 2 gave GOP state Rep. Stacy Campfield the victory with 57 percent of the vote (39,642 total votes cast). Independent candidate Chuck Williams received 6 percent.

Walker had 37 percent.

Walker, 51, found a small gather in Tuesday night in Democratic headquarters in Carolina Room at Knoxville Marriott, downtown.

Campfield — portrayed as controversial based on various legislation he’s sponsored, stands on issues and personal life incidents — nevertheless garnered 22,659 votes.

Ray Jenkins, Knox County Republican Party chairman, told the gathering the GOP success is “a testament to your efforts ... I thank you and appreciate very much everything you’ve done to support the party.”

A 42-year-old real estate redeveloper who has served District 18 since 2004, Campfield will fill the seat vacated by recently elected Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.


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