State Republican Primaries and Their Screwy Match-Ups

Some of his colleagues must be grinding their teeth. There are 23 Republicans in the Legislature who have challengers in their primary, a somewhat unprecedented revolt within the Republican Party.

But state Rep. Curry Todd, R-Memphis, who was arrested this past session for drunk driving and having a pistol in his car, does not have either a primary or a general election opponent.

State Rep. David Hawk, R-Greeneville, however, has three opponents in his primary and a formidable opponent in the general. Former state Rep. Eddie Yokely, a Democrat, is expected to be a strong contender in what is regarded in Nashville as a toss-up race and one of the few possible gains for the Democrats.

Hawk spent a weekend in jail during the past session accused of domestic violence against his wife.