Tennessee's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014
November 4, 2014
August 7, 2014
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R
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.
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August 7, 2014, Republican Primary
- Scott DesJarlais - Incumbent
- Michael Warden
- David Tate
- Jim Tracy - State Senator
- Steve Lane
- Yomi Faparusi
- John Anderson
According to Politico there is no incumbent more likely to lose a primary than Scott DesJarlais, the scandal-plagued sophomore Republican congressman. 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. DesJarlais still managed to win re-election in the conservative district.
On August 7, 2013, DesJarlais formally launched his bid for a third term. In 2014, DesJarlais will be confronting several serious primary opponents, including state senator Jim Tracy and state representative Joe Carr. While DesJarlais has raised $160,000 in 2013, Tracy has taken in nearly $740,000 and Carr $305,000.
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.
|U.S. House, Tennessee District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Scott DesJarlais Incumbent||55.8%||128,568|
|Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District 4 Election, 2010|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Tennessee, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
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