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Voting underway in Tenn., posing tests over abortion, support for Trump

In Tennessee, voters will nominate a slate of midterm candidates on Thursday. The winner of the primary will begin as a favorite in the November general election. Early voting is off 24 percent from the same period in 2018, when Gov. Bill Lee won a chaotic Republican primary. In Shelby County, a race for prosecutor has become a partisan showdown over abortion rights and voting rights. In 2020, President Donald Trump carried the new seat by double digits in the new 5th Congressional District in the state's new congressional map. In the state’s most populous county, a Republican appointed in 2011 and then elected to an 8-year term, faces Democrat Steven Mulroy, who has criticized her handling of a voter fraud case and said he wouldn’t prioritize abortion cases

Both candidates have tried to mobilize their partisan bases and nationalize the campaign. While President Biden carried the county by 30 points in 2020, turnout in midterm year primaries has historically been low. Weirich has run a TV ad that splices together