Pharmacist Diana Harshbarger won the Republican primary in Tennessee's 1st District on Thursday, leaving her well-placed to replace retiring Rep. Phil RoeDavid (Phil) Phillip RoeHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Illinois Republican elected to serve as next ranking member of House Veterans' Affairs Committee Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE (R) in the deep-red area.
Roe announced early this year that he will retire at the end of his sixth term.
Harshbarger prevailed in the 16-candidate primary, leading with 19.1 percent of the vote after 100 percent of precincts reported, according to The Associated Press.
During the primary campaign, she faced attacks for her ties to her husband’s pharmaceutical company. Harshbarger's husband was sentenced to a four-year prison sentence over charges of misbranding drugs.
However, the Tennessee candidate denied she had any involvement in her husband’s company.
Harshbarger will face off against Democratic candidate Blair Walsingham in the general election.
Updated Aug. 7 at 12:09 a.m.