Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Charles J. Fleischmann Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Tennessee will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Charles J. Fleischmann defeated Weston Wamp, the son of former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, by less than 1,500 votes in the Republican primary.[3] Fleischmann also defeated Wamp in the 2012 primary. The re-match grew increasingly heated and negative in the weeks before the election with Fleischmann "dominating the television and radio 'air wars' in the days leading up to early voting," according to The Time Free Press.[4][5] Fleischmann will face Dr. Mary Headrick, who did not face a Democratic challenger in the primary, and Independent Cassandra Mitchell in the general election.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 3, 2014
August 7, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Tennessee is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[9]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Charles J. Fleischmann (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Scott, Morgan, Roane, Anderson, Union, Campbell, Monroe, McMinn, Polk and Hamilton counties.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party August 7, 2014, Republican Primary

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Fleischmann Incumbent 50.8% 45,316
Weston Wamp 49.2% 43,963
Total Votes 89,279
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Second meeting

Wamp ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 3rd District. He was defeated by incumbent Charles Fleischmann in the August 2, 2012, Republican primary.[12]

Endorsement controversy

Dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield told the TimesFreePress.com that two days before he endorsed Fleischmann, Wamp came to his home and secretly recorded a conversation they had about who Mayfield was going to support. Mayfield said Wamp sent him the following text message at 7:14 p.m. on March 15, 2014 after their meeting: "To protect myself, I have recorded my conversation with you and Lisa. I hope you will honor your commitment and not get involved in this race. Thank you sir."[13] Mayfield added, "I never dreamed somebody would walk into my house with a bug on. I don't want to say negative things about people. But I just don't think that's correct behavior."[13]

Debate


Excerpts from Wamp/ Fleischmann July 2014 Debate.

Issues

Below are important votes that Fleischmann cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[14] Fleischmann joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[15][16]

Endorsements

Charles Fleischmann

Fleischmann has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • Scottie Mayfield[13]
  • The National Rifle Association[17]
  • National Right to Life[18]

Weston Wamp

Wamp was endorsed by the following people and organizations:

Media

Charles Fleischmann


Charles Fleischmann's July 2014 ad, "Scottie Mayfield."

Charles Fleischmann's July 2014 ad, "Crisis."
  • In Fleischmann's July 2014 ad, "Scottie Mayfield," Mayfield shared how Weston Wamp showed up at his house uninvited and secretly recorded a conversation with him. He then highlighted Fleischmann's conservative values.
  • Fleischmann attacked Mayfield's immigration policy in his July 2014 ad, "Crisis."

Weston Wamp


Weston Wamp's July 2014 ad, "When We Were Young."

Weston Wamp's July 2014 ad, "Better Than We Found It."

Weston Wamp's July 30, 2014 ad, "Not Slowing Down."
  • Wamp's July 2014 ad, "When We Were Young," featured members of the "greatest generation" who argued that voters should not re-elect members of Congress because they have been ineffective leaders.
  • Wamp argued that voters should elect him to office so that he can help Americans "leave this country better than we found it" in his July 2014 ad, "Better Than We Found It."
  • In, "Not Slowing Down," Wamp said that he won't be distracted by the negative ads his opponent, Chuck Fleischmann, is running. He then argued that Americans need to send new people to Washington who will work hard and solve problems.

Campaign contributions

Charles Fleischmann

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fleischmann's reports.[22]

Charles Fleischmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$21,214.65$99,942.00$(12,376.31)$108,780.34
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$108,780.34$200,210.00$(87,602.34)$221,388.00
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2013$221,388.00$95,880.00$(67,045.59)$250,222.41
Year-End[26]January 31, 2014$250,222$196,574$(41,162)$405,634
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$405,634.91$305,270.00$(70,860.04)$640,044.87
Running totals
$897,876$(279,046.28)

Weston Wamp

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wamp's reports.[28]

Weston Wamp (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2014$0$403,571.68$(29,821.01)$373,750.67
Running totals
$403,571.68$(29,821.01)

District history

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2012

The 3rd Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Charles J. Fleischmann won re-election in the district.[30]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mary Headrick 35.5% 91,094
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles J. Fleischmann Incumbent 61.5% 157,830
     Independent Matthew Deniston 3.1% 7,905
Total Votes 256,829
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Chuck Fleischmann won election to the United States House. He defeated John Wolfe (D) and Savas T. Kyriakidis (I) in the general election.[31]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Fleischmann 59.6% 92,032
     Democratic John Wolfe 29.4% 45,387
     Independent Savas T. Kyriakidis 11.1% 17,077
Total Votes 154,496

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. The Time Free Press, "Chuck Fleischmann outspent Weston Wamp in early July, records show," accessed July 28, 2014
  5. Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results"
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  9. Tennessee Secretary of State Website, "Voter Qualification," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Tennessee Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Tennessee.gov, "Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives Petitions Filed by Qualifying Deadline," accessed April 3, 2014
  12. Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 TimesFreePress.com, "Scottie Mayfield: Congressional candidate Weston Wamp secretly recorded me at home," March 28, 2014
  14. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Fleischmann for Congress, "NRA Endorses Chuck Fleischmann, accessed July 28, 2014
  18. Fleischmann for Congress, "National Right to Life Endorses Chuck Fleischmann," accessed July 28, 2014
  19. Nooga.com, "Sen. Tom Coburn endorses Weston Wamp, criticizes Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's attack ads," accessed July 25, 2014
  20. Chattanoogan, "Senator Rick Santorum Endorses Weston Wamp For Congress," July 25, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 WestonWamp.com, "Weston Receives Rare Endorsement of Both Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times," accessed July 28, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Fleischmann 2014 Summary Reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Fleischmann Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Wamp 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 24, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  30. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013