WASHINGTON (JTA) — David Kustoff, a Jewish congressman, handily won a Republican primary in Tennessee against a self-funded challenger who emphasized his “Christian, conservative” credentials.
Kustoff, who had the backing of President Donald Trump, defeated George Flinn 56-40 percent in the contest Thursday in the 8th District, which encompasses a portion of Memphis and points west.
Flinn, a radiologist who owns a network of clinics, spent $2.7 million, mostly his own money, to mount his fourth failed bid for Congress since 2012.
He drew fire from Jewish Republicans for emphasizing that he was a “Christian conservative” in campaigning when contrasting himself with Kustoff.
Kustoff is favored in the general election in a heavily Republican district.