published Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Chattanooga candidate John Wolfe nabs 0.4 percent in New Hampshire Democratic primary


by Chris Carroll

Nearly 59,000 people voted Tuesday in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, and 241 of them chose John Wolfe, a Chattanooga attorney and four-time congressional candidate.

Wolfe received 0.4 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. President Barack Obama won, scoring 82 percent and 47,971 votes.

Wolfe branded himself as the more progressive alternative to the president. He finished ninth out of 14 candidates, all of whom were required to be registered Democrats and pay a $1,000 filing fee.

Aside from Chattanooga, longshot Democratic candidates came from California, West Virginia, Wisconsin and several other states. There were 5,879 write-in votes, adding up to 10 percent of the Democratic primary tally.

Wolfe, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2010, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Contact staff writer Chris Carroll at ccarroll@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6610.

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