NASHVILLE -- Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy maintained his campaign fundraising lead over incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., in the first three months of 2014, according to the candidates' latest disclosures.
Tracy, who is from Shelbyville, reported raising $172,061 from Jan. 1 through March 31. In DesJarlais' disclosure to the Federal Election Commission, the South Pittsburg physician reported raising $76,102.
Meanwhile, Tracy's campaign warchest stood at $913,561 as of March 31. DesJarlais' cash on hand was $198,356.
Tracy has led in fundraising since announcing his GOP primary election challenge to DesJarlais, who represents the 4th Congressional District.
In a statement, Tracy's campaign finance chairman, Shane Reeves, said the financial support "will allow us to get our message out" to voters. "We are about 90 days from early voting and I am confident that the voters will elect Jim Tracy. We need a strong conservative leader in Washington, and Jim Tracy is the right person for the job.”
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...