Fleischmann ekes out a win against challenger Wamp
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Incumbent Chuck Fleischmann eked out a win against challenger Weston Wamp in the 3rd House district. 8-7-14
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00:00 We want to go now to back to Chattanooga that
00:02 is where. Chuck Fleischman has taken the study looked at the
00:06 -- is. Campaign. And I want to thank everyone. I want
00:11 to congratulate west you know will run race. It was a
00:15 close race. And I sure -- who -- who joined me.
00:20 In my effort to continue to make a great third district
00:23 of Tennessee a better place for all. Okay. Congratulate doctor Hendrick
00:37 got her big win tonight. And I look forward to a
00:39 spirited campaign would serve so we can debate the issues. --
00:43 the yeah the general election in November. Let me say yes.
00:49 Our team worked hard we faced a lot of adversity. This
00:53 was a hard fought race and my team work. Tirelessly. People
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01:03 -- we all over kids don't yet. And make it worth
01:06 seeing who's gay days and days -- ground game. They estimated
01:11 we thought they want to have come down. Our our --
01:25 tonight -- -- though it's better to win a close when
01:27 they lose a close one bit I want you. Remember this.
01:31 When I ran for congress in 2009. And one and 2010.
01:35 Our brand because they felt America was going in the wrong
01:38 direction. And I have worked tirelessly. To make sure that we
01:43 can turn this around. Ladies and gentlemen I hear you voted
01:46 for me uniter he didn't pressure Cuba to -- November but
01:50 let me say this. We have guys that come together as
01:54 Americans there is no doubt in my mind that the United
01:57 States of America. Has been. And will continue to be the
02:01 greatest nation the world has ever seen. Congressman -- Fleischman declaring
02:06 victory over. West in -- that was a live look in
Incumbent Chuck Fleischmann narrowly defeated challenger Weston Wamp in the U.S. House District 3 GOP primary on Thursday.
It's not the first time these two have faced off. Wamp challenged Fleischmann back in 2012 for the seat held by his father, Zach Wamp. Wamp left the office in 2010 to run for governor. Fleischmann won that race.
This has been a bitter campaign, with shots being fired from both sides and lots of money being spent on television commercials, radio and newspaper ads, and direct mailing.
Wamp has positioned himself as the moderate in the 3rd District. Setting aside the conventional wisdom that primary voters reward extreme candidates, he says the time has come to work with Democrats and put an end to "evil versus good" politics.
Fleischmann has responded that Republicans should not reach out to "ultra-liberal leftists." He has said his opponent "wants to kiss up to" Democrats, and he has suggested Wamp should have run in the Democratic primary.
Wamp is one of the younger candidates, at 27 years old. He founded the tech company incubator, Lamp Post Group in Chattanooga.
Whoever wins tonight will face Democrat Mary Headrick of Maynardville. She's running unopposed tonight.