In Crazy Tenn. ‘Carpetbagger’ District, Country’s Trace Adkins Gets His Man

At a glance

  • Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles easily won the Republican primary in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District on Thursday.
  • Ogles was the beneficiary of some high profile endorsements such as country music star Trace Atkins.
  • The race in the Fifth Congressional District drew national attention in late January when former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, who moved to Tennessee in 2021, was endorsed by former President Trump. Both Ortagus and former California music video producer Robby Starbuck, who moved to Tennessee in 2019, were removed from the ballot by the Republican Party of Tennessee because they failed to meet the standards of being a “bona fide” Republican.

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