Outsider wins in Tenn. GOP primary; Possible clue in Tibbetts disappearance

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Developing now, Friday, August 3, 2018

  • Conservative businessman Bill Lee mounted a shock upset in a Tennessee Republican gubernatorial primary, surging past well-known contenders such as U.S. Rep. Diane Black and former state economic development chief Randy Boyd.
  • A possible clue to the disappearance of an Iowa college student was reportedly found near a pig farm that investigators had searched nearly a week ago.
  • President Trump defended his foreign policies at a freewheeling campaign-style event in Pennsylvania, where he mocked the state’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and took shots at the left-wing leadership.
  • Press secretary Sarah Sanders lashed out at the mainstream media for personal attacks made against her during a heated exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta.

THE LEAD STORY – DARK HORSE RISES: Underdog conservative outsider Bill Lee upset a crowded field of well-funded, better-known candidates to win Tennessee's Republican gubernatorial primary Thursday, sending shockwaves through a state where he was down double-digits in polls as recently as last month … U.S. Rep. Diane Black, who had the endorsement of Vice President Mike Pence, was the clear favorite in the race. Former state economic development chief Randy Boyd, who had the backing of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, was widely considered Black's chief rival. Lee, a businessman whose poll numbers surged dramatically in the last week of the campaign, took advantage of infighting among his rivals, as he traveled the state and touted his Christian values while Boyd and Black sparred.

NEW SEARCH FOR MOLLIE: Search teams on Thursday afternoon combed through ditches near a pig farm that federal agents searched almost a week ago in the hunt for missing college student Mollie Tibbetts, after a possible clue to her disappearance -- a red shirt -- reportedly was found nearby … A person mowing a lawn found the item of clothing near the Lincoln Wildfire Reserve, reports said earlier Thursday. It was not immediately clear whose shirt it was. Tibbetts worked at a day care; another employee confirmed its workers wear red shirts. Fox News has confirmed search teams were looking through ditches about a mile away from the reserve, near the same farm that FBI investigators were said to have searched for nearly two hours last week.

Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to Tibbetts’ whereabouts has risen to $172,000, family members said Thursday. She was last seen July 18 when she left her boyfriend’s home to jog. The boyfriend, Dalton Jack, whom police have cleared as a possible suspect, shares the home with his brother and his fiancée, and Tibbetts was staying there to watch his dogs while he was out of town on business.

RALLY RAGE: President Trump unspooled a wide-ranging defense of his foreign policy -- including recent meetings with the leaders of Russia and North Korea -- during a rally to boost support for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta's Senate campaign In front of a full arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Thursday, Trump mocked Barletta's Democratic opponent -- two-term incumbent Bob Casey -- as "so overrated." However, Barletta faces an uphill climb to defeat the Democrat, as two polls taken after his GOP primary victory show Casey with a double-digit lead. Later on, Trump referred to Casey as "Sleeping Bob" and attacked his views on immigration, particularly his support of chain migration.

GETTING PERSONAL: Press Secretary Sarah Sanders took her long-running feud with CNN’s Jim Acosta to a new level during Thursday’s White House briefing, blasting the media for personal attacks against her and accusing the press of debasing the discourse in America … “It’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country. Repeatedly, repeatedly the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger,” Sanders said. She went on to say the media have attacked her personally “on a number of occasions” before specifically calling out rhetoric she said aired on CNN.


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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Former homicide detective Ted Williams on the latest in the search for Mollie Tibbetts. “Life, Liberty & Levin” host Mark Levin on media bias in the briefing room. Other special guests include: attorney Evangeline Gomez; author Erica Komisar; Geraldo Rivera. Plus, For King & Country visit the All-American Summer concert stage!

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1943: U.S. Army Lt. Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an Army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.)

1936: Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint.

1914: Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I.

1492: Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

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