Rep. Diane Black, who gave up her seat in Congress to run for governor of Tennessee, was utterly crushed in her primary by a little-known underdog. According to Axios, so far in 2018, Black is the fifth House GOP member to run for statewide office and lose. She came in a humbling third in the vote, 13.5 percentage points and more than 100,000 votes behind the winner, Bill Lee, a Tennessee businessman who’s never held elected office. Crucially, Black failed to win an endorsement from President Trump during her campaign, relying on a much less impactful endorsement from Vice President Mike Pence instead. Lee will face former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, in November.
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