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Tennessee Republicans skip unity rally after divisive primary

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republicans once made a point of converging on the weekend after primaries battles to put on a public face of party unity. Not this year.

Seven Republican incumbents in the state House lost to GOP challengers in Thursday's primary. Among them were the caucus chairwoman and the education committee chairman.

While all seven Republican members of the state's congressional delegation won their nominations, two freshman members survived pitched campaigns to oust them.

While previous rallies purporting post-primary unity have had their awkward moments, party leaders said they were needed to coalesce around the winning candidates.

State Republican Party Executive Director Adam Nickas said the party is united heading into November's election so officials didn't find it necessary to rally this year.

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