Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty won the Tennessee Republican Senate primary on Thursday evening, beating out surgeon Manny Sethifor GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's seat, who announced his retirement in late 2018, AP reports.
Between the lines: Thursday's race served as an example of two GOP candidates fighting over whose agenda better reflected Trump's.
- Sethi, the son of Indian immigrants, campaigned as a political outsider and repeatedly stamped Hagerty as a part of the “establishment."
- Hagerty characterized Sethi as an opportunist, calling him "too liberal for Tennessee," and noting he applied for a job in the Obama administration and defended the Affordable Care Act.
What to watch: Tennessee's position as a Republican stronghold all but guarantees Hagertywill be the winner in November against the Democratic candidate in the general election.
- The state hasn't elected a Democratic senator since 1990.