Republican state Rep. Gerald McCormick has won the election for Tennessee House District 26.
Late Tuesday night, ballots in District 26 showed McCormick handily defeating Independent Rodger Cooksey by a margin of nearly 15,000 votes.
McCormick’s victory sends him back to Nashville to serve in the post he was first elected to in 2004. In 2010, House Republicans tapped McCormick to serve as Tennessee House majority leader.
McCormick would have had a Democratic challenger in Larry Miller, who had formed a bid to unseat him before suddenly announcing in August that he would withdraw from the race in order to accept a job at the University of Texas at Austin.
After managing to secure a position on the ballot as an Independent, Cooksey was predominantly absent from campaigning for the post.
District 26, which covers the central part of Hamilton County, includes the communities of Harrison, Hixson, Lakesite and Middle Valley, along with a spur that runs into Chattanooga’s North Shore and downtown.
McCormick, 50, owns Fleetwood Development, a commercial real estate development and brokerage firm in Chattanooga.