Roe was heavily favored to retain his seat representing District 1 in east Tennessee. He’s among six incumbents who were seeking to return to Washington to represent Tennessee in Congress.
Olsen was the lone Democrat to run in the district primary. He is a physician from Jonesborough.
Re-election committees for Congressmen Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise gave money to Roe’s campaign. Roe has touted Congress’ passing of President Donald Trump’s tax reform bill and a good national economy as reasons for his re-election.
Unofficial partial totals:
Phil Roe (R) 131,612, 77.12%
Marty Olsen (D) 36,009, 21.10%
Michael D. Salyer (I) 3,030, 1.78%