It will be incumbent Republican Chuck
Fleischmann squaring off against physician and Democrat Mary
Headrick in the November race for the 3rd District U.S. Congress
The winner will officially be Monroe
County's U.S. House representative come January. Monroe County had
been in the 2nd District until the districts were redrawn earlier
this year. Before then the county had been served by the late John
Duncan and his son, John Duncan Jr., for the last half century.
The Republican Congressional race was
hotly contested with millions of dollars spent in often negative
Fleischmann and challengers Scottie
Mayfield of Athens and Weston Wamp of Chattanooga had spent
considerable time in Monroe County the past few months.
Early on Thursday evening, major media
outlets declared Fleischmann the winner, however Mayfield was
reluctant to concede, even though AP's final vote
totals showed the incumbent with more than a 6,000 vote count over
the McMinn County dairyman.
According to the Hamilton County
Election Commission, the results there for the 3rd District GOP
primary election were: Wamp - 14,305, or 39.11 percent; Fleischmann - 14,204, or 38.84 percent; Mayfield - 7,435, or 20.33 percent and Ron
Bhalla - 563 or 1.54 percent.
"I still have a glimmer of hope," Mayfield said.
But Fleischmann was ready to move on.
"Thank you to all of my volunteers
and supporters, who believed in me and put in many long hours to make
our victory happen," Fleischmann said in a statement after his win. "I am forever indebted to you. To those of you who did
not vote for me, I will continue to work as hard as I can to earn
your trust, your support and your vote."
In Monroe County, however, Mayfield
trounced Fleischmann 2,751 votes to 1,248. Wamp was a distant third
with 514 votes with Bhalla finishing fourth with only 30 votes.
On the Democrat ballot, Headrick's win
over Bill Taylor was close, 666 votes to 635, but her margin of
victory percentage wise was larger across the district.
She thanked her supporters on Facebook
and said she looks forward to the November campaign.
State House races
The Republican incumbents and their
Democrat challengers for November were unopposed in Thursday's party
primaries for the Tennessee House.
That means 21st District Rep. Jimmy
Matlock will face off against Andrew Bennett III and 23rd District
Rep. John Forgety will square off against Peggy Hall Wall.
Former Monroe County resident Julia
Hurley, the incumbent for the 32rd District, was beaten in her
U.S. Senate race
Republican incumbent Sen. Bob Corker
won his statewide primary and will meet the Democrat winner from
Thursday, Mark E. Clayton in November.
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