Judge won't void TN US Senate Democratic primary

Aug 17, 2012

A federal judge has refused to void Tennessee’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed.  District Judge Kevin Sharp ruled the lawsuit filed by losing candidate Larry Crim was improper because it was not filed against an individual.  Crim sued the state Division of Elections and the Tennessee Democratic Party trying to keep winner Mark Clayton off the November ballot.  The day after the election, the state Democratic Party said it wanted nothing to do with Clayton. A statement disavowing his campaign says he is a member of an anti-gay hate group and not a real Democrat because he previously voted in only one party primary.