The 3rd Congressional District of Tennessee will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Weston Wamp, the son of former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, will once again challenge incumbent Charles J. Fleischmann in the August 7, 2014, Republican primary. Fleischmann defeated Wamp in the 2012 Republican primary. The re-match is growing increasingly heated and negative as the primary date nears with each campaign releasing ads disparaging the other candidate. According to The Time Free Press, Fleischmann has been "dominating the television and radio 'air wars' in the days leading up to early voting, which began July 18 for the Aug. 7 primary elections." Fleischmann has spent $348,000 on advertising, while Wamp has spent $145,600. Dr. John Geer, a Vanderbilt University political science professor, said that Fleischmann's negative ads are "a sign that Wamp is somebody he's worried about." The winner of the primary will face Dr. Mary Headrick, who will not face a Democratic challenger in the primary, and IndependentCassandra Mitchell in the general election.
Candidate Filing Deadline
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.
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."
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."
Fleischmann has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:
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's July 2014 ad, "When We Were Young."
Weston Wamp's July 2014 ad, "Better Than We Found It."
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."
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