Gayle Jordan, an atheist by conviction Democratic candidate lost in Tennessee 14 district on Tuesday.
An Atheist by conviction a Democrat Gayle Jordan lost a special election on Tuesday to fill the vacant seat in the Tennessee Senate.
Republican Shane Reeves won in a landslide, according to unofficial results from the Tennessee Secretary of state. He received 13,139 votes, compared to 5,179 votes for Jordan.
Conservative Shane Reeves beats the self-proclaimed #atheist & Democrat Gayle Jordan for TN Senate seat in district 14. @FOXNashville pic.twitter.com/CYz9cORgOw
— Stacy (@StacyCase_) March 14, 2018
Reeves fills vacated a seat by Republican Jim Tracy, after he resigned as head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office.
Jordan is the managing Director of the restoration of Religion, a group that supports people who want to leave their faith behind. She is a former Southern Baptist who left the denomination 10 years ago, “if you make then a teenager, began to ask, she couldn’t answer.”
IS ATHEIST, THE PRAYER IN DEEP-RED TENNESSEE SPECIAL ELECTION
Reeves, a Murfreesboro-based business man from Jordan of the open atheism a Problem with the choice, telling the Tennessean that their “views are radical and out of touch with the district.”
(Shane Reeves, a Republican candidate in the district, won in a landslide on Tuesday’s special election.)
He argued that Jordan was inappropriate for the Senate, because the belief is a world view and affect the decisions you make.
“I am a Christian, and will serve as a filter, to serve as a moral compass and how I see things, if I will be happy to elected to,” Reeves said, adding that many of the people with whom he had spoken, could not believe that the democratic candidate is an atheist.
At a campaign party Tuesday, Jordan they confessed to hoping for a different result, despite running in a state that the President is Donald Trump, won with 26 points in the year 2016.
“We are disappointed by the results, but we could not be prouder of the campaign we ran, she told the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro.
Senate spokesman Randy McNally, previously called Jordan a “dangerous” candidate, said in a statement Tuesday night that Reeves’ win showed that “each of blue wave, a great, red dam in Tennessee.”
State Republican party Chairman Scott Golden, said the election “shows that the voters see the results of the Tennessee Republican leadership — increase economic opportunity, greater access to education, and record-high unemployment.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.