The day after a narrow primary loss in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District, Republican candidate Weston Wamp says he will bow out of politics — at least for now.
"The way we feel right now, we went all-out, and we gave the voters an opportunity to choose a very different campaign and candidate," Wamp said. "It doesn't leave me to be inclined to run for political office again — at least in the near future."
According to complete but unofficial election results, Fleischmann wound up with 44,620 votes in the 11-county district to Wamp's 43,250.
Wamp, 27, said he thought his age played more of a role in the election results than he had hoped or expected. Had he been 32 or 42, he said, he would have likely won.
"At 62, it would have been a lock," Wamp joked.
"I think it played a major role, and I think that's really sad for our country, because we have plenty of gray hair in Washington and it's entirely dysfunctional."
Read more in Saturday's Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...