State Sen. Janice Bowling came one step closer to reelection Thursday night, besting local resident Michael Shane Wilcher to earn the Republican nod for the office.
Meanwhile, standing in the way of her return to Capitol Hill, Tullahoma resident Mike Winton won the Democratic nomination to seek the 16th District senatorial spot and will square off against Bowling in the November election. He defeated Alice Demetreon for the Democratic bid.
Bowling defeated Wilcher by a count of 9,486 votes to 2,135. She handily swept all seven counties in the district, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren.
In Warren County, where Wilcher is a freshman county commissioner in the 3rd District, Bowling bested him on his home turf nearly 3-to-1, winning the Nursery Capital by a spread of 1,446 votes to 537.
"To have a government for the people and by the people, you have to have votes from the people and I appreciate everyone who came out and supported me," said Bowling during a WCPI radio interview Thursday night.
During a recent candidate forum sponsored by the Southern Standard, Wilcher admitted he did not think he had much of a chance to unseat the incumbent.
Bowling's opponent in November also swept all seven counties of the district. Winton won by a total of 3,200 votes to 1,344 for Demetreon.
Winton won Warren County over Demetreon by a count of 541 votes to 284.