Republican Rep. Vince Dean claimed victory Tuesday, defeating Democratic candidate Sandy Norris Smith to return to Nashville for his fifth term. 

Unofficial results showed Tuesday night that Dean, a former East Ridge City mayor, defeated Smith by more than 8,200 votes-a margin of 31 percent.

District 30 runs along the Georgia state line in Hamilton County’s southeast corner. The district includes Apison, East Lake and East Ridge, along with parts of Brainerd, Collegedale and East Brainerd.

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