Legislators are still puzzled by the only defeat suffered by an incumbent state senator in Tennessee last week. State Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, authored the guns in bars bill. He also sponsored the constitutional amendment that passed last week insuring hunting and fishing rights.
A poll had him 20 points up in his race, so Jackson went fishing in Alaska for two weeks just before the election. His Republican opponent, Jim Summerville, is a professor at Austin Peay and spent only $1,900 on the race. He didn’t even campaign in some of the counties in the district. Jackson had an A rating from the NRA and Summerville had an F.
Jackson spent $15,000 on the race, but while he was on vacation he left $28,000 unspent in his campaign account.