by Steven Hale
At 7 p.m. (that's 8 p.m. for folks in the east) the polls will close and the results will start coming in — live, with no tape delay — from today's Metro school board elections, as well as from the state legislative and congressional primaries. We would be headed home to watch the Olympics, but we already know what happens. So instead we'll be updating here throughout the night as the returns come in.
If you're the tweeting kind, follow: @JonathanMeador, who will be reporting from the Courtney Rogers campaign HQ; @JoeyGarrison with updates on the Metro school board elections; @scavendish, @TheCityPaper, and @MistaNix for general coverage; @Pierce_G, reporting from the election commission and me, @iamstevenhale, for breaking results and jokes.
7:19 p.m. The AP has called the GOP senate race for Bob Corker and early voting numbers have Diane Black ahead of Lou Ann Zelenik 547-232. The headline from the early voting totals in the Metro school board race is Amy Frogge, who has a nearly 2-to-1 lead on fundraising juggernaut Margaret Dolan in the District 9 race. Early voting totals for the leaders below:
District 1: Kindall 1,542; Gentry 1,491
District 3: Speering 566; Lee 499; DeLozier 442
District 5: Kim 517; Porter 508
District 7: Pinkston 699; Sharp 292
District 9: Frogge 941; Dolan 541
7:55 p.m.: Several people on Twitter have made a point that's worth noting here: Mayor Karl Dean threw his support behind Sarah Lodge Tally in her bid to unseat Jason Holleman. She lost. Dean also endorsed Dolan this year and as the returns keep coming in and Frogge's lead remains strong, the value of an endorsement from the mayor in West Nashville would seem to be diminishing.
Elsewhere, Diane Black is running away with the 6th District congressional race, leading Lou Ann Zelenik by a 2-to-1 margin. A lovely woman at the Sumner County Election Commission tells me there's still nothing to report in the race between Debra Maggart and
the NRA Courtney Rogers.
7:58 p.m. First official upset of the night: Margaret Dolan has conceded to Amy Frogge in the District 9 school board race.
8:29 p.m. Returns still coming in with Frogge and Pinkston apparently victorious in their respective Metro school board races, and Rogers leading Maggart with 18 out of 36 precincts reporting. One programming note: Nashville Post and City Paper reporter Ken Whitehouse is on WSMV's livestream right now.
8:32 p.m. Davidson County result: Steve Dickerson is your winner in the Republican Senate District 20 race. He got a visit from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and posted this photo on Twitter.
8:42 p.m. Lou Ann Zelenik has conceded to Diane Black. Again.
9:03 p.m. The CP's Joey Garrison is just off the phone with Ed Kindall who appears to have lost in the District 1 school board race to Sharon Gentry. Some quotes from Kindall via Garrison:
"She ran a good race, well, Howard (Gentry) ran a good race...They had the five black councilmen in the district in their corner, and I understand Eddie George put out a robo-call for them."
Garrison has also gotten word that Elissa Kim is the winner in District 5, unseating board chair Gracie Porter, but for now that doesn't seem to be official.
And in House District 45, Courtney Rogers and the NRA have defeated House GOP Caucus Chair Debra Maggart. That sound you hear? House Republicans crawling under their desks and trying to devise the strongest piece of pro-guns legislation they can dream up.
9:31 p.m. Another incumbent falls. In East Tennessee's House District 32, friend of the show Julia Hurley has lost to Kent Calfee.
I'm also told that Debra Maggart has called and conceded to Courtney Rogers and it looks as if House Education Committee chairman Richard Montgomery will lose to Dale Carr House District 12.
Goodnight: Final stories on the night's events at The City Paper: