Voters headed to the polls Thursday to cast a ballot for state and federal primaries, as well as local offices like vice mayor and four school board seats.

Tennesseans will return in November for this year's midterms, while Davidson County voters will have to make an extra trip next month to decide its vice mayor in a runoff election.

Here are five things we know following the election:

School board: Gini Pupo-Walker wins by more than 25 percent

Gini Pupo-Walker claimed victory in the race for District 8 school board, defeating opponent Adam Barese with nearly 63 percent of the votes. More than 13,000 voted for the two candidates.

Pupo-Walker will represent schools in Green Hills area and replace Mary Pierce, who announced earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

The Nashville-native is a former Metro Nashville Public Schools educator and is the senior director of education programs and policy at Conexion Americas, a local non-profit that works with Latinos.

See what people are saying about Pupo-Walker's win, including Pierce, former Mayor Megan Barry and others across Nashville:






Vice Mayor: Get ready for a runoff

No one claimed victory in the race for vice mayor of Nashville Thursday night, which means a runoff election will be needed in September. A specific date has not been confirmed.

Councilwoman Sheri Weiner, the current acting vice mayor, led with 45 percent, followed closely by Councilman Jim Shulman at 42 percent. Local musician Matthew DelRossi 13 percent of the vote.

The vice mayor, which presides over Metro Council, will be back on the ballot next fall when Nashville residents decide the next mayor.

Vice mayor - final votes

Tennessee's 5th Congressional District: Jody Ball to face Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper

Republican Jody M. Ball will challenge Democratic incumbent Jim Cooper to represent Tennessee's 5th Congressional District. Ball was up against Glen Dean on the primary ballot.

Cooper, who has served in congress for more than 30 years, did face any challengers. The 5th Congressional District represents more than 760,000 people in Davidson and Dickson counties, as well as most of Cheatham County.

Governor: Lee, Dean will be on November ballot for governor

Karl Dean secured a landslide victory for the Democratic party's nomination for governor of Tennessee. Dean's victory was called early in a party race against state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh.

On the Republican side, Bill Lee was called much later in a race against three others: businessman Randy Boyd, U.S. Rep. Diane Black and state House Speaker Beth Harwell.

All three candidates conceded after 9 p.m. Thursday night.

U.S. Senate: Blackburn, Bredesen race will be closely-watched

Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen won their respective party nominations in the race to replace U.S. Senator Bob Corker in November. The race was called soon after polls closed Thursday evening.

The other candidates who ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate are former Tennessee Gary Davis and John Wolfe. Aaron Pettigrew ran against Blackburn for the Republication nomination.

Blackburn is the first female U.S. Senate candidate to be nominated by either party in Tennessee.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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