Tennessee's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Scott DesJarlais Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Scott DesJarlais 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 4th congressional district of Tennessee will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

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]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Scott DesJarlais (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Tennessee's 4th Congressional District is located in the central and southcentral portion of the state and includes Rhea, Bradley, Bledsoe, Van Buren, Warren, Grundy, Sequatchie, Marion, Franklin, Moore, Lincoln, Marshall, Bedford, Maury and Rutherford counties.[6]

Candidates

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August 7, 2014, Republican Primary

Race background

Politico published a list in August 2013 of the five primaries to watch in 2014. Tennessee's 4th congressional district was included on the list.[10]

According to Politico there is no incumbent more likely to lose a primary than Scott DesJarlais, the scandal-plagued sophomore Republican congressman.[10] During the final weeks before the 2012 general election, sworn testimony from his 2001 divorce trial was uncovered in which DesJarlais, a former physician and hospital chief of staff, acknowledged having sexual relationships with patients and even prescribing drugs to one of them.[10] DesJarlais still managed to win re-election in the conservative district.[10]

On August 7, 2013, DesJarlais formally launched his bid for a third term.[10] In 2014, DesJarlais will be confronting several serious primary opponents, including state senator Jim Tracy and state representative Joe Carr.[10] While DesJarlais has raised $160,000 in 2013, Tracy has taken in nearly $740,000 and Carr $305,000.[10]

With Tracy, Carr and several other less-well-known Republican challengers running, there is the possibility that the anti-DesJarlais vote could splinter and allow him to skate by with a plurality of the vote.[10]

District history

2012

The 4th congressional district of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Scott DesJarlais won re-election in the district.[11]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Eric Stewart 44.2% 102,022
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais Incumbent 55.8% 128,568
Total Votes 230,590
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, DesJarlais won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated incumbent Rep. Lincoln Davis (D) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 4 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott DesJarlais 59.7% 103,969
     Democratic Lincoln Davis 40.3% 70,254
Total Votes 174,223

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