Thursday, a Nashville judge rejected a lawsuit filed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Larry Crim against the Tennessee Democratic Party.
Crim, a 56-year-old chairman of Christian Counseling Centers of America, finished fourth in the field of Democratic candidates Aug. 2. Despite only garnering 17,300 votes, Crim alleged his own party had set the table for his defeat because it did not properly vet conservative activist Mark Clayton, who went on to win the Democratic Primary by more than 20,000 votes.
Less than 24 hours after his victory, the state Democratic Party disavowed Clayton.
According to a Tennessean report, Crim said he likely would have won if Clayton had been disqualified by the party because his last name would have been at the top of the ballot. Crim also claimed that Clayton did not vote in enough previous Democratic races to be considered a candidate by the party's bylaws.
Following the hearing, Crim said he might amend his complaint and resubmit it.
Clayton faces Sen. Bob Corker in the Nov. 6 election.