NASHVILLE — Republican Jim Tracy this evening predicted he's going to win his 4th Congressional District GOP primary challenge to embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.
"We're going to win it," the Shelbyville state senator said in an interview with the Times Free Press. "We feel really good. It's been a heck of a campaign. There's no way he can catch up."
Tracy said his tallies show him up 2,256 votes in the 16-county district with the bulk of the uncounted votes in 18 precincts in Rutherford County, which he once represented. That leaves Grundy County and five precincts in Warren County for DesJarlais.
There was no immediate comment from DesJarlais. A South Pittsburg physician, DesJarlais' past affairs with two patients, pressuring one of them to seek an abortion and going along with his ex-wife's two abortions.
The winner of the primary, which includes part of Bradley County as well as all of Rhea, Marion, Sequatchie and then moves west to Rutherford, will face Democrat Lenda Sherrell, a retired certified public accountant who was unopposed in her party's primary.
Also running in the GOP primary were John Anderson, Oluyomi 'Fapas'Faparusi Sr., Steve Lane, David Tate and Michael Warden.
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, ...