Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2012

CongressLogo.png

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
Charles Fleischmann.jpg

Tennessee U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

Flag of Tennessee.png
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.[1] 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."[2] Fleischmann has spent $348,000 on advertising, while Wamp has spent $145,600.[2] 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."[2] The winner of the primary will face Dr. Mary Headrick, who will 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Candidates

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.[9]

Charles Fleischmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2014$21,214.65$99,942.00$(12,376.31)$108,780.34
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$108,780.34$200,210.00$(87,602.34)$221,388.00
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$221,388.00$95,880.00$(67,045.59)$250,222.41
Year-End[13]January 31, 2014$250,222$196,574$(41,162)$405,634
April Quarterly[14]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.[15]

Weston Wamp (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$0$403,571.68$(29,821.01)$373,750.67
Running totals
$403,571.68$(29,821.01)

Endorsements

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."[17] 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."[17]

Charles Fleischmann

Fleischmann has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • Scottie Mayfield[17]
  • The National Rifle Association[18]
  • National Right to Life[19]

Weston Wamp

Wamp has been 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."
  • 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."

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
Ballot Access Requirements Final.jpg

Find detailed information on ballot access requirements in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

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.[23]

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.[24]

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

  1. Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Time Free Press, "Chuck Fleischmann outspent Weston Wamp in early July, records show," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Tennessee Secretary of State Website, "Voter Qualification," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Tennessee Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Tennessee.gov, "Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives Petitions Filed by Qualifying Deadline," accessed April 3, 2014
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Fleischmann 2014 Summary Reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Fleischmann Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Wamp 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 24, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 TimesFreePress.com, "Scottie Mayfield: Congressional candidate Weston Wamp secretly recorded me at home," March 28, 2014
  18. Fleischmann for Congress, "NRA Endorses Chuck Fleischmann, accessed July 28, 2014
  19. Fleischmann for Congress, "National Right to Life Endorses Chuck Fleischmann," accessed July 28, 2014
  20. Nooga.com, "Sen. Tom Coburn endorses Weston Wamp, criticizes Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's attack ads," accessed July 25, 2014
  21. Chattanoogan, "Senator Rick Santorum Endorses Weston Wamp For Congress," July 25, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 WestonWamp.com, "Weston Receives Rare Endorsement of Both Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times," accessed July 28, 2014
  23. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013