Incumbent U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. is projected to retain his seat in the U.S. House, according to the Associated Press.

Duncan, R-Knoxville, was first elected to the Second Congressional District seat in 1988, taking over the office his father, John Duncan Sr., held before him since 1964.

Duncan was challenged by Democrat Stuart Starr.

Duncan told WBIR 10News he is "very grateful" to voters for re-electing him.

"I'm very appreciative and I'm looking forward to going back to Washington to help as many people from East Tennessee as I can," he said.

The AP also projects the following Tennessee incumbents have been re-elected to their respective seats in the U.S. House:

Phil Roe, R, First Congressional District

Chuck Fleischmann, R, Third Congressional District

Scott DesJarlais, Fourth Congressional District

Jim Cooper, D, Fifth Congressional District

Diane Black, R, Sixth Congressional District

Marsha Blackburn, R, Seventh Congressional District

David Kustoff, R, Eighth Congressional District