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Fleischmann Prepares for Fighting Off Another Primary Challenge

Fleischmann, speaking Wednesday as he arrives at the Capitol for votes, said he is more involved in fundraising this cycle. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

   

Tennessee Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann knows a thing or two — or three — about tough primaries; and he's stockpiling money for a fourth.  

Tennessee Primary Results: Fleischmann Squeaks By; DesJarlais Race Still Close

DesJarlais faced a big challenge. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 11:00 a.m. | It was a night of small margins in Tennessee Thursday with one House Republican narrowly defeating his primary challenger and another clinging to a 33-vote lead headed into Friday morning.  

The Associated Press called the race for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann with 98 percent of precincts reporting in Tennessee's 3rd District. Fleischmann garnered 50.8 percent of the vote against venture capitalist Weston Wamp, the son of former Rep. Zach Wamp.  

Tennessee Primary: Tea Party's Last Chance

Alexander is favored to prevail in his primary Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Republicans head to the polls Thursday to decide the fate of Sen. Lamar Alexander, marking the last chance for tea-party-aligned conservatives to oust an incumbent senator in a primary.  

It will likely be an anticlimactic finish to the primary season in a cycle that featured several potentially vulnerable incumbents, who all swatted away challenges from their right. The second-term senator is favored to prevail against state Rep. Joe Carr, a Republican boosted by conservative radio personalities such as Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin. Carr has little money left, and unlike some of his fellow challengers in other states, outside groups were not generous to him.  

Weston Wamp to Challenge Fleischmann Again in Tennessee

Fleischmann is a two-term Republican in the House. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Businessman Weston Wamp, a Republican, announced Monday that he will challenge two-term Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., for a second time.

“America is too great for this Congress to continue to divide our nation and avoid their responsibilities," Wamp said in a release. "I want to give the Third District an independent conservative voice and a reason to believe our government can still work and serve the people.”

Tennessee: Chuck Fleischmann Wins Primary

CQ Roll Call File Photo

Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann won his contested primary tonight, dispatching dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield and 25-year-old Weston Wamp.

With 100 percent of precincts in the 3rd district reporting, Fleischmann got 39.1 percent to Mayfield's 31 percent and Wamp's 28.7 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Tennessee: Weston Wamp Launches Last TV Ad

Congressional candidate Weston Wamp (R), the 25-year-old son of former Rep. Zach Wamp (R), went up on television with his final, unique ad.

Wamp, who hopes to unseat freshman Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R) in the state’s redrawn 3rd district, also faces dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield in the Aug. 2 primary. Fleischmann succeeded the elder Wamp, who retired in 2010 to run for governor, and the new 3rd district includes much of the territory he used to represent.

Tennessee: Weston Wamp Goes up on TV

Congressional candidate Weston Wamp (R), the 25-year-old son of former Rep. Zach Wamp (R), today went up on television with his first ad.

Wamp, who is hoping to unseat freshman Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R) in the state's redrawn 3rd district, also faces dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield in the Aug. 2 primary. Fleischmann succeeded the elder Wamp, who retired in 2010 to run for governor, and the new 3rd district includes much of the territory he used to represent.

Tennessee: Scottie Mayfield up Against Chuck Fleischman in Early Poll

In Tennessee's 3rd district GOP primary, dairy magnate Scottie Mayfield led freshman Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischman and 25-year-old entrepreneur Weston Wamp in a survey conducted for Mayfield's campaign.

In a poll of 400 likely Republican primary voters in the newly configured district, 34 percent said they'd vote for Mayfield; 25 percent for Wamp, the son of former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.); and 25 percent for Fleischman. Seventeen percent of those surveyed were undecided.